Economic Potential of Neem

Economic Potential of Neem

The demand of Neem products are increasing day by day. Agriculture sector is now becoming a major consumer of the neem products viz. Neem oil, neem cake and neem based pesticides. Being eco-friendly and natural source of phyto-chemicals and nutrients it is preferred to apply Neem manure and pesticide in agriculture especially in organic farming all over the world.

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Neem in Health

Neem is widely used for treating fevers. It has anti-pyretic (fever-reducing) property. In addition, neem products also have analgesic (pain-relieving) and anti-inflammatory effects, i.e. for most common ailments neem can provide cheap, easily-available and local entrepreneurship medicines. A wide multitude of diseases or conditions can be successfully treated with various elements of neem.

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Gudi Padwa – Neem Day

Gudi Padwa

Gudi Padwa

Lets all celebrate the marvel called the Neem Tree. The Neem Foundation celebrate Gudi Padwa as “Neem Day” to highlight the healing and revitalizing properties of Neem. It is also be an occasion to know all about the goodness of the Neem and its usage in healing and improving the environment. Mythologically, Gudi Padwa or Ugadi is the day on which mother earth was created.

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Neem in Agriculture

Using neem derivatives for managing pests is a non-violent approach to controlling pests. Neem products work by intervening at several stages of the insect’s life. They may not kill the pest instantaneously but incapacitate it in several ways. Neem very subtly employs effects such as repellence, feeding and ovipositional deterrence, growth inhibition, mating disruption, chemo-sterilization, etc.

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Neem & Environment

Neem is extremely beneficial to save the environment from pollution; since its in-florescence is purifying ‘with its feathery crests tossing fifty feet into the sky’ neem is a veritable “Kalpataru” for giving healthy environs. Like other trees, it exhales out oxygen and keeps the oxygen level in the atmosphere balanced. Neem also helps in restoring and maintaining soil fertility which makes it highly suitable in agro-forestry.

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Neem Tree - Wonder Tree

The various parts of this tree have many uses that aptly give neem its name. The earliest documentation of neem mentioned the fruit, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and bark for their advantageous medicinal properties. Every part of this plant finds use as medicine. Neem leaves contain appreciable amount of protein, minerals and carotene and adequate amount of trace minerals except zinc.

Neem Activities

NRTDC


Neem Research and Technology Development Center.
The centre provides information of scientific methods of neem collection, processing and its application in agriculture.

Neem Awareness

Spreading Neem Awareness
Neem Foundation carried out various activities like field demonstrations, trainings, village meetings and poster pasting in the rural areas for more than decades to popularise the benefits of the neem in agriculture.

Organic Certification

PGS Cetification
Neem Foundation has been appointed as Regional council by National Centre of Organic Farming, Department of Agriculture and co-operation, Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. Of India, to guide local organic farmer’s.

Neem Nursery

Neem Nursery
Neem is propagated by seed, cuttings and root suckers but seed is the most viable method of propagation. Viability of the neem seed remains for very short period hence it is recommended to use yellow ripe neem fruits.

Greening India with Neem

Growing India with Neem
Greening India with Neem is about giving people a choice to act. It is a growing movement in more ways than one ! All around us there is talk that our planet is in crisis…that we are destroying and polluting our way to a global catastrophe.

Projects

Spreading Neem Awareness
In July 1999 the NOVOD Board(Min. of Agriculture, GoI) invited the Foundation, as one of two NGO’s and nine premier Government Institutes to be part of the National Neem Network to implement a National Programme on Neem.

Seminars & Workshops

Seminars & Workshops
Over the years, the Foundation has conducted the various Seminars, Workshops, Meets on Neem. Demonstration of various neem processing and machineries was arranged & the delegates showed great interest.

Visitors

African Delegates
National and international visitors visited and trained at NRTDC, Gondkhairy. Delegates from Nigeria, Cameroon, Austria, Japan, France and many Africans countries visited and participated in training programs.