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Moringa Production and Export Potential Study 21.12.2013

Abstract

In recent years, Mozam­bique has expe­ri­enced strong export growth, and a sub­stan­tial improve­ment in terms of trade. How­ev­er, exports remain heav­i­ly depen­dent on tra­di­tion­al com­modi­ties and megapro­jects of the extrac­tion indus­try and its poten­tial to diver­si­fi­ca­tion of trade for exam­ple by intro­duc­ing new prod­ucts, such as exotic veg­etable oils, and nutri­tion­al food sup­ple­ments has not yet been tapped.

This report analy­ses the mar­ket poten­tial of Moringa processed prod­ucts, and eval­u­ates Mozambique’s oppor­tu­ni­ties of com­mer­cial­is­ing Moringa oil and Moringa leaf pow­der.

There is a rise in inter­na­tion­al inter­est in Moringa processed prod­ucts as the prod­ucts and their ben­e­fits receive more atten­tion, espe­cial­ly from the food and cos­met­ics indus­tries. As a result of increas­ing dis­pos­able income, and grow­ing health aware­ness, the nutri­tion­al sup­ple­ment indus­try, as well as the nat­u­ral high-end cos­met­ic indus­try, is steadi­ly expand­ing, and search­ing for new prod­ucts. Moringa leaf pow­der, and oil, form part of this new pro­duct group, and are expe­ri­enc­ing a grow­ing nation­al and inter­na­tion­al demand.

To sat­is­fy demand, both at a nation­al, as well as an inter­na­tion­al lev­el, the val­ue chain for Moringa must be upgrad­ed and filled. The first pri­or­i­ty must be the estab­lish­ment of qual­i­ta­tive and quan­ti­ta­tive pro­duc­tion of Moringa trees, for leaf pow­der as well as for oil. Mozam­bique has excel­lent cli­mat­ic con­di­tions for the growth of Moringa trees, and is endowed with the fun­da­men­tals of organ­ic pro­duc­tion. The draw­backs to Moringa pro­duc­tion in Mozam­bique are the weak phy­tosan­i­tar­i­an envi­ron­ment the absence of organ­ic leg­is­la­tion as well as an expen­sive inter­na­tion­al trans­port logis­tics.

In order to suc­cess­ful­ly pro­duce and trade Moringa processed prod­ucts, there are a num­ber of crit­i­cal rec­om­men­da­tions and sug­ges­tions for ini­ti­at­ing com­mer­cial plan­ta­tion. For both Moringa leaf pow­der, and Moringa oil, invest­ments are need­ed, from pro­duc­tion, through to mar­ket­ing and sale. This calls for the organ­i­sa­tion of the val­ue chain, on a semi-indus­tri­al or indus­tri­al scale, in order to access, amongst oth­er things, finance and exten­sion ser­vices, and to draw on economies of scale.

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