Solon Seeks Government Support For Moringa Oleifera (Malunggay) Industry

A leader in your home of Representatives is promoting more institutional support for the malunggay market to stimulate the production, processing, circulation, and marketing of the said "superfood".

Deputy Speaker and AAMBIS-OWA Partylist Rep. Sharon Garin filed House Bill 6555, also called the Malunggay Development Act, which looks for to develop a national program for the malunggay industry.

Garin said the expense intends to reinforce the advancement of malunggay items for domestic and global distribution, encourage its intake among Filipinos with its offered health advantages, and promote it as a practical crop for little and backyard farming for poverty reduction.

Garin highlighted that malunggay has been getting international recognition as a "superfood" rich in nutrients and minerals as well as anti-oxidants and needs for exports have actually increased because 2013.

Malunggay (Moringa Oleifera), likewise called as "The Miracle Tree" consists of protein, fiber, calcium, phosphorus, iron, beta-carotene, vitamins B1, B2, B3, and C, and has long been utilized as organic medicine.

"For all its advantages, it is unexpected that many people merely consider the malunggay a regular yard plant, and isn't a staple in the Filipino diet plan," she stated.

"Although just recently, malunggay has been in the spotlight, judging from the number of items being marketed here, ranging from malunggay chips, malunggay powder, malunggay tea, malunggay pills and even malunggay oil," she added.

The expense mandates the production of the Malunggay Development Committee chaired by the Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

The committee will be entrusted to develop required steps, programs, and jobs for the advancement and industry-wide development of malunggay.

Additionally, the expense provides that the month of November will be declared as the National Malunggay Month.