The transformation of Australian grown Moringa into a high value feed ingredient for human and animal consumption.

AgriFeed Animal Production

  • Project code: PRO-016794

  • Project stage: Current

  • Project start date: Friday, December 9, 2022

  • Project completion date: Monday, May 27, 2024

  • National Priority: NEI - New and Emerging Industries - E2

Summary

Australia is well positioned to become a global leader in Moringa production and develop its aligned food, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries. Yet, a current failure to understand the nutritional and bioactive properties of Moringa that is grown under Australian conditions limits use in this industry. Moringa has several varieties from which, leaves, young shoots, pods, and oil is harvested and used as a health promoting ingredient, in foods, pharmaceuticals, traditional medicines, etc. These applications are supported by the bioactive and other nutrients of Moringa that help to alleviate oxidative stress in the body upon consumption and support good health and wellbeing. Australian consumers currently pay a high price when purchasing imported Moringa leaves and pods for human consumption. This represents a lost opportunity for Australia’s agro-industrial sector. Moringa is a versatile crop with tolerance to grow under different environmental conditions, such as tropical and Mediterranean climates. It is rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and bioactives which support its co-use as a forage for extensive animal production. These properties have culminated in the introduction of Moringa into some parts of Australia. To be competitive and build domestic market share, it is important to first establish the comparative advantages of Australian grown Moringa.

Program

New and Emerging Industries

Research Organisation

AgriFeed Animal Production