PH wants to tap US$4B global moringa market
Philippines want to tap the global moringa market, which is estimated at US$4 billion according to the India-based Advanced Biofeul Center.
Advanced Biofuel Center conducts the annual global Moringa Meet in India to help Moringa farmers around the world to understand the crop and add value to their businesses.
India currently supplies 80 percent of the world’s demand for moringa products.
Right now, the Philippines wants to penetrate the global moringa market as it approved Mauswag Agribusiness Inc.’s application as a new export producer of Powdered Moringa, commonly known as Malunggay.
The firm claims they are the first company to produce Moringa powder on a commercial level that can supply both demands from the local and international markets.
Malunggay is usually present in the backyard of Filipino homes. All of its parts such as leaves, pods, bark, seeds, fruits and roots, are packed with nutritional and healing properties, thus the nickname “The Miracle Tree”.
Moringa trees generally grow well without adding very much fertilizer. Manure or compost can be mixed with the soil used to fill the planting pits. Phosphorus can be added to encourage root development and nitrogen will encourage leaf canopy growth. Leaves can be harvested after plants grow up to 2 meters, usually after a year.