Posts Tagged ‘Matemwe’

Mronge – the tree of wonders – Moringa

November 24, 2010

Bi Khadija Rajab, USAID contractor for the Tanzania Agriculture Productivity Program gave lectures about the astonishing Moringa tree at the DADA cooperatives in Matemwe.

Bi Khadija Rajab, Senior Harvest and Hostharvest officer, gives a lecture to the DADA cooperatives about Moringa trees

Moringa oleifera – known as mronge in Swahili and the Horse radish tree in English – is a fast growing, hot climate, small tree native to India, Malaysia and the Middle East that was introduced into East Africa in the early 1900’s and is now naturalised in many areas.

DADA cooperatives plant Moringa trees in Matemwe

It is a very useful tree, easy to establish and adaptable to a wide range of sites in the hotter areas of East Africa being both drought tolerant and able to withstand temperatures up to 40º C. It is used as food for both human consumption and animal feed, produces oil from the seeds that can be sold, is very good bee forage, and is a useful medicine for treating skin ailments.

Bi Jabu Nyange with Moringa cutting

It can be grown as a crop or used as an agroforestry tree as it assists in erosion control and has only light shade which is not detrimental to adjacent crops. The seeds also contain an ingredient in the kernel that will purify dirty water of both soil and bacterial contamination.

Moringa cuttings after three weeks

DADA uses the extremely nutritious dried and ground Moringa leaves as a supplement in our Tagliatelle Moringa and as an addition for soaps for its power to prevent skin infections. Moringa trees, once abundant and widely used for fencing, as animal fodder and for medicinal application are not very popular today, as like many other trees they fall victim to fires or axes while clearing areas for agriculture.

Women of the DADA cooperatives prepared Moringa cuttings and, with the help of Bi Khadija Rajab, planted about 50 trees in October 2010 in a clearing behind the Dada-Kituo cha Jua in Matemwe as part of their training. By now after one and half month the cuttings sprout leaves, little branches and (hopefully) roots. Moringa grows extremely fast and harvest of leaves could start as early as after only 6 month

To demonstrate just one of the wonderful features of the multi-talented Moringa tree , please have a look at the nutritiousness of the leaves:

DADA women and volunteers

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DADA cassava crisps

February 24, 2010

 

DADA woman collects the sun dried cassava slices. After deep-frying the crisps are salted and spiced.

 

These delicious crisps are made from fresh cassava roots grown by small scale farmers in Zanzibar.
Thinly cut and deep-fried in pure vegetable oil they are spiced with sea salt and a blend of island spices.
Enjoy as snack when on the move, or while relaxing with a drink.
Please try as well plantain crisps, taro crisps and sweet potato crisps.
Available at: MOTO Shop, HurumziStr. 416, Stonetown, Zanzibar or at MIGOZ Supermarket

New workshop at Matemwe

February 23, 2010

DADA production, packaging and stock keeping are now in one location. DTP/Weltwärts volunteers put in great effort to refurnish our duka mbuyu. Under the canopy of a giant baobab tree the little shop holds at display a variety of  DADA products.

Christin and Mira posing with dried fruits in their new self-furnished shop.

Please visit DADA women cooperatives at work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 to 2:00, Matemwe, Kituo cha Jua, Zanzibar

Visitors welcome!

December 7, 2009

Please visit the Dada women cooperatives at work. Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from 10:00 to 1:00. At the Kituo cha Jua in Matemwe, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

KARIBUNI!