VIB has popularized a method for the utilization of local neem seeds for pest control in crops. This simple technique involves, collection of ripe neem fruit, De-pulping, decortications in wooden pestle and mortar, grinding of Kernel in the same, preparation of aquatic extract and spraying. The most important advantage of this eco-friendly method is all the steps can be performed by the farmers themselves.
Neem tree can control more than 200 insect species and some nematodes, fungi, bacteria and iruses. Neem acts differently on pest.It does not kill pest, it contains several active chemicals (Azadirachtine, Salannin, Gedunin etc) which change the insect’s food habits or life cycle. So it is safe for the man, animal and environment.
Neem based pesticides are suitable for developing countries because the useful chemical can be extracted easily without any expensive equipment.