In July 1999 the NOVOD Board (Ministry 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. The Neem Foundation worked in close co-operation with the following Organizations to promote and facilitate Neem Plantation on a large scale by identifying, raising and providing superior neem germplasm .
- Tata Energy Research Institute – New Delhi
- Indian Council of Forestry Research & Education – Dehradun
- National Botanical Research Institute – Lucknow
- Central Arid Zone Research Institute – Jodhpur
- National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources – New Delhi
- Arid Forest Research Institute – Jodhpur
- Institute of Forest Genetics & Tree Breeding – Coimbatore
- Haryana Agricultural University – Hisar
- Tropical Forest Research Institute – Jabalpur
- Indian Institute of Technology – New Delhi
The 3-year programme was successfully undertaken by the Foundation and implemented it in Nagpur and Mumbai. 30,00,000 neem saplings from superior genotypes were raised and distributed under this programme.
Our programmes over the last decade have been evaluated, approved and supported by National and International Agencies including
- United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
- United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO)
- Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India
- Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers, Government of India
- Ministry of Environment & Forests, Government of India
- Ministry of Small Scale Industries & Rural Development, Government of India
- National Oilseeds & Vegetable Oil Development Board
- National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD)
- Khadi Village & Industries Commission (KVIC)
- University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
In January 2001 as a part of its commitment to reviving natural health traditions, the Foundation launched its Programme ‘Grow Your Own Medicine’. More than 5000 of medicinal plants like Neem, Brahmi, Aloe Vera, Tulsi, Adulsa etc, along with their detailed write ups were distributed free of cost.
In February 2001 the Neem Foundation was invited by the Ministry of Agriculture, Govt. of China and Yunnan Provincial Govt. to participate in the International Symposium on Chinese Neem Industrialization Development. A seven-member delegation of the Foundation was hosted by the Chinese Authorities. As a result china planted more than 25 million neem saplings in Yunan province under special neem plantation and processing program.
NEEM FOUNDATION PROGRAMME WITH MINISTRY OF CHEMICAL & FERTILIZERS Govt. of India
For the last five years, the Foundation has been implementing a programme for farmers in rural Maharashtra, India to assist them to grow and use Neem for Pest Management and as a fertilizer for their fields. The programme involves more than 3000 farming families spread over more than 100 villages. This basic programme now needs to be expanded to cover a wider range of environmental, technical, social and health issues.
This project is of essential importance not just to the farmers of Maharashtra but also to communities globally.
It would be the first step in bringing the tangible benefits of neem centre stage.
Apart from this the Foundation participates in various Agricultural and Horticultural Exhibitions. At such exhibitions the Foundation arranges neem exhibitions, live demonstrations, films, information and literature, expert advice and consultation and neem sapling distribution for information dissemination at the grass root level.