First Lady says Moringa has economic benefits

Esther Lungu
Esther Lungu
First Lady Esther Lungu visits patients with eye problems at Mwami Adventist Mission Hospital as they await transportation for surgery to Chipata Central Hospital, where an eye camp has been set by the Esther Lungu Foundation in partnership with the International Islamic Relief for Southern Africa on Monday, July 9,2018–Pictures by THOMAS NSAMA

First Lady Esther Lungu says Moringa, a multi-purpose tropical tree has economic benefits.

Mrs. Lungu said the planting of Moringa can significantly empower women and youths in Zambia from the cycle of poverty.

ZANIS reports that the First Lady said this at State House today when she received 50,000 seedlings from the Moringa Creative Innovation Director and Founder Professor Chishimba Mowa.

She said seedlings will go towards the Esther Lungu Foundation Trust and will be grown and piloted in Luapula province to be used as a tool for rural industrialization and creation of wealth for poor farmers.

The First lady commended Prof. Mowa and Zambia Forestry and Forest Industries Corporation (ZAFFICO), for extending their corporate social responsibility to the Esther Lungu Foundation Trust.

“Moringa can be used for generating agricultural incomes, developing food processing industry, mitigating climate change, fight stunting, non-communicable diseases as well as improve household and national food security,” she said.

And Prof. Mowa said he decided to invest his energies in researching on Moringa despite him being in the diaspora.

He said moringa medicine is the best remedy and recipe for arresting 54 percent cases of people that die from malnutrition.

And Luapula Province Minister Nixon Chilangwa, in passing a vote of thanks, pledged to reverse the poverty levels in his region through the cultivation of Moringa.

The Minister welcomed the initiative by Prof. Mowa in helping to uplift the standards of living among the people of Luapula province through growing Moringa.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation and the United States of America National Institute of Health declared Moringa posting U$D seven (7) billion annual growth projection of 10 percent on the global market by the year 2020.


  1. There we go again, someone comes along ant tells us about the miracles of moringa, just like they did about the miracles of paprika. People around the world that have known about moringa long before the zambians dont have moringa plantations and we dream about how moringa will put us out of poverty. The people in luapula need to grow foods they can eat when they are hungry, and not to get the little resources that they have and start producing something they cannot even sell. Its time we became realistic about how to get our people out of poverty. Lets learn from past mistakes.

  2. He has finished all Mukula trees now Lazy sends his Komboni wife Ester to plant other trees hoodwink us…Wife has a trust and daughter has a trust as well…you would think they were born into wealth but three years ago they didn’t have anything only in Zambian politics

  3. The Majestic Moringa is fast making its name globally. It is the Swiss Army knife of nutrition. Moringa Oleifera, the miracle tree domesticated in Indian almost 2,000 years ago, has come a long way today to become a symbol of the fight against growing nutrition deficiency across the globe apart from also becoming a fad among the rich. A naturally occurring bio-fortified crop suited to the climatic conditions of the region, Moringa is unusually rich in its nutrition content literally from top to bottom.
    So. if you’re trying to learn A – Z about Moringa , there’s nothing like going to a farm and getting your hands dirty.
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  4. I thought this plant leaves/seed were good to fight off diabetes type 1 and type 2. Trees are common here in Belize a sub- tropical country in Central America and i see at the market place that the seeds are sold for like $1US each. To say these sellers know the benefits of the plant in general, I don’t think so. .wish someone could educate us more about it.

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