Natural pest control

Organic farmers rely on natural pest controls rather than synthetic pesticides, which can kill beneficial organisms - like bees, earthworms and parasites of pests, cause pest resistance and pollute water and land. The neem tree is an attractive economic option for dryland farmers. Neem extract, seeds, leaves or any other part of the plant are used as a non-toxic alternative pesticide for crop production and storage.

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Niger: woman inspects a neem tree
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