25 December 2012

Nigeria: Sale of Moringa Leaf Lucrative in Kaduna

Kaduna — As more people become aware of the health benefits of moringa leaf, the demand for the leaf has dramatically increased in Kaduna.

Our correspondent who visited one of the local markets in Sabo, Kaduna, observed that the three women who brought moringa leaves to the market for sale were beseiged by so many buyers struggling to buy.

One of the sellers, Mrs. Sandra Musa said demand by people for the leaf made her go into the business.

According to her, the only effort she puts into the business is to cut the leaves from the tree, tie them into sizes for sale. "I have the tree planted in my house but I never knew the importance until recently when people started talking and asking for the leaf.

"I came to the market with two of my children who assist me in selling. Sometimes we sell close to N2,500 because each tie cost N50. I don't incur any cost other than go to the market and sell," she said.

She stated that since she started selling the leaf, she has become less dependent on her husband, noting that she now gets money to take care of her children and herself.

While some of the buyers said they boil the leaf and drink the water, some said after drinking the water, they eat the leaves and other said they use it to prepare stew or vegetable soup.

Daily Trust also observed some women prepare the leaf into powdered form and sell.

According to research on Google search, moringa leaves could treat at least 300 diseases including stimulating cell structures of the body, increases natural body defense, balances level of sugar, balances level of cholesterol, promotes healthy digestion and improves functioning of kidney and liver and heals tumors and ulcer.

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