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.