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Pasha 107: Exploring the use of the moringa plant in South Africa

12 May 2021

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Moringa is a plant that offers many benefits. It is full of vitamins and other nutrients, and has anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic and other pharmacological properties. All parts of the plant can be used – even for firewood, fencing, water purification and fertiliser. Moringa is also a drought tolerant and resistant crop. Cultivation has been rising in South Africa since it was introduced in 2006, but it has yet to reach its full potential.

Moringa is an affordable alternative crop for many people in rural South Africa but the challenge is to make it more widely known. In today’s episode of Pasha, Chuene Victor Mashmaite, a postdoctoral researcher and agronomist at Stellenbosch University, discusses moringa’s many useful qualities and what can be done to encourage cultivation.


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