Over the years, the Foundation has conducted the following seminars, Meets, etc.
- January 1995- Seminar on Neem: Opportunities in the 21st century
- January 1996- National Seminar on Neem – New Delhi – along with the Ministry of Environment and Forests
- Two Business Meets on ‘Neem, Bridging The Innovation Gap’ in cooperation with National Botanical Research Institute, Lucknow, India.
- Workshop on Neem Plantation 1996 – ‘Neem’s The Theme’
- Symposium ’Neem: It’s Potential for the Future’ along with Solvent Extractors Association.
- In December 1996 – Organised ‘World of Neem’ at UDCT, Mumbai. This three day event was the first ever buyer-seller opportunity in Neem. A two-day international conference ‘Neem: Setting Goals for a Global Vision’ was also held on the occasion.
- In 1996 – Ms. Pramila Thakkar – Founder Trustee participated in the World Neem Conference, Australia on behalf of the Foundation and presented a paper ‘Saga of Neem’, which was well received at the Conference.
- Neem Foundation is celebrating “ Neem Day” every year, coinciding with Gudi Padwa in the month of Chaitra. The wonder tree of India, Neem (‘kadu nimba’ as it is known in Maharashtra), is accorded much significance during this festival. In many homes Neem and mango leaves are tied on the doors as ‘torans’. At dawn everybody has to compulsorily chew some Neem leaves to start the New Year in a healthy way and to fight the heat of summer ahead , a practice that has prompted the dedication of Gudi Padwa as ‘Neem day’.
- In May 1999 the 3rd World Neem Conference was held in Vancouver, Canada at the University of British Columbia – under the aegis of the Neem Foundation. A delegation of Neem experts from India participated in the Conference led by Dr. R.C. Saxena.
- Urea coating with Neem
Since 1997 the Neem Foundation has made several representations to the Ministries of Agriculture, Chemicals & Fertilizers and Finance to coat urea with Neem to improve its utilization, as despite the availability of highly encouraging data on the benefits of using Neem Coated Urea, the technology has remained largely on paper.
It took more than 4 years of persuasion and several representations, dialogues, discussions and presentations to various ministries, for the Foundation to persuade the Authorities to make coating of urea with neem a reality!!
We are happy to announce that the Government of India has finally issued a notification indicating Fertilizer Control Order amendments to include specifications of neem coated urea. All urea manufacturers who wish to manufacture neem coated urea at their factories can now introduce this category of product in the market. Therefore, our MESSAGE TO INDIAN FARMERS: ASK FOR NEEM – CAOTED UREA. Now that the clearance has come through, it is the market demand that will drive the production.
In September 1998 in order to ensure that the Neem tree receives priority in the Govt. of India, afforestation and eco-development programmes the Foundation invited the Hon. Minister for Environment and Forests Shri. Suresh Prabhu to interact with its members and experts. The programme ‘Neem: Setting Priorities’ was hosted in Mumbai. As a result of this interaction the Ministry convened a two day zonal conference of Forestry and Social Forestry Department officials to incorporate Neem in Forestry and Social Forestry Programmes on a National Scale.
A three day capacity building training programme was organized in June 2014 on “Promotion of Neem Derived Bio-pesticides in West Africa” at the Neem Research and Technology Development Centre (NRTDC), Gondkhairy, Dist. Nagpur, a centre of Neem Foundation in Nagpur and in collaboration with Govt. of India.
During the training delegates comprising of scientists and Govt. officials from countries like Ghana, Togo, Nigeria and Sierra Leone participated in the capacity building workshop.
Demonstration of various neem processing and machineries was arranged & the delegates showed great interest to learn the working of the innovative processes.
A farm visit and interaction with the farmers using neem powder for pest management was organized in the nearby villages and at the NRTDC to share the farmer’s own experience with neem pest management material. At the end of the training programme all participants were fully convinced about the power of neem and its effectiveness in agriculture, as a cost effective alternative.
Following are the reviews received from the participants at the workshop