Experts recommend an Amul-type partnership model for neem oil.

India needs to increase the number of neem plantations from the current 20 million to 140 million to meet demand and reduce rising temperatures, experts said at the World Neem Conference, which began in Delhi on Monday. World Neem Organization ( WNO). ) President BN Vyas, who is organizing the two-day event in collaboration with Jhansi-based ICAR -iga and the Central Agroforestry Research Institute, said that the Amul-type neem collaboration model can help achieve the mission by improving collection of neem seeds. The key is where the oil is extracted from. Said that India now has 18-20 million neem trees and mostly the better quality species are found in the southern states. But Uttar Pradesh accounts for a maximum of 40 percent of all neem.

Arunachalam, director of the Central Institute of Agroforestry Research, told the media that although there are several types of neem species/varieties, the government could estimate. 170 types while work in progress. He said that with the goal of bringing 26 million hectares of wasteland under agroforestry by 2050, there is great potential to increase the number of neem trees.

Increase income

Farmers can collect additional income from neem trees, he said. because it begins to bear fruit within 3-5 years, although good quality seeds can be harvested after 15 years. On average 15-20 kg is cut from one tree per year, although a harvest of up to 25 kg is possible. He also said that it has been observed that wherever neem trees are found, those areas are 3-5°C cooler than other regions. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Director General Himanshu Pathak said the government focused on planting neem trees and on exploitation which is deeply embedded in Indian culture. He highlighted the role of neem in promoting India’s agricultural landscape.

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