Constraints And Opportunities For Cultivation Of Moringa oleifera In The Zimbabwean Smallholder Growers

Authors

  • SM Mudyiwa Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Bindura University of Science Education, P. Bag 1020, Bindura,
  • CT Gadzirayi Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Bindura University of Science Education, P. Bag 1020, Bindura,
  • JF Mupangwa Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Swaziland, P.O. Luyengo, Luyengo,
  • J Gotosa Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Bindura University of Science Education, P. Bag 1020, Bindura,
  • T Nyamugure Faculty of Agriculture and Environmental Science, Bindura University of Science Education, P. Bag 1020, Bindura,

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/ijarit.v3i1.16044

Keywords:

Moringa oleifera, Multipurpose Tree, Constraints, Growers,

Abstract

The study sought to establish the constraints to Moringa agronomic practices and marketing in the smallholder farming sector of Zimbabwe. Purposive sampling selected 96 respondents across four study districts in Zimbabwe who were interviewed using an open-ended questionnaire. Eight focus group discussions disaggregated by gender were carried out to supplement primary data. Growers asserted Moringa oleifera production problems of livestock damage, theft, seed supply, inefficient cultivation practices resulting in inherent low productivity and poor marketing. The growers coped through intensive monoculture of M. oleifera, enhanced local seed supply from establishing their own seed orchards, product value addition and organized associations. Moringa can be used to promote climate change resilient agricultural systems and will be a solution to environmental problems.

Int. J. Agril. Res. Innov. & Tech. 3 (1): 12-19, June, 2013

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/ijarit.v3i1.16044

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2013-08-01

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Mudyiwa, S., Gadzirayi, C., Mupangwa, J., Gotosa, J., & Nyamugure, T. (2013). Constraints And Opportunities For Cultivation Of Moringa oleifera In The Zimbabwean Smallholder Growers. International Journal of Agricultural Research, Innovation and Technology, 3(1), 12–19. https://doi.org/10.3329/ijarit.v3i1.16044

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