Kashi Vidyapith bestows “Neem Ratna Award” on IFFCO MD
An international conference on neem-cultivation currently underway in Kashi Vidyapith in Varanasi has recognized IFFCO’s MD Dr U S Awasthi’s contribution in the field of neem-cultivation across the country and the august body bestowed on him “Neem Ratna Award 2018” on Thursday.
The award was received by IFFCO Marketing Director Yogendra Kumar on behalf of Dr Awasthi. The Vice-Chancellor Prof T N Singh of Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith University gave away the award.
On this occasion, the campaign for neem-plantation launched by IFFCO was praised by the participants. According to an estimate, IFFCO has planted about 20 lakh neem trees so far. In the first year of the campaign alone, more than 10.4 lakh neem trees were planted
IFFCO has been active in tree-plantation for a long time with its Managing Director Dr U S Awasthi urging upon ?everyone to plant at least one tree and dedicating themselves to upholding the ecological balance in the world.
IFFCO’s arm Indian Farm Forestry Development Cooperative (IFFDC) has already been active encouraging tree plantation to improve the living conditions of rural poor through sustainable Natural Resource Management by collective action.
On the research front of neem-cultivation, IFFCO has contributed massively by funding a project in the Forest Research Institute with an aim to develop a new quick yielding strain of the neem. Reports indicate that the project has come up with fascinating results with a possibility of changing the whole dimension of the neem-growth story.
Earlier, in April 2018 Union Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Parshottam Rupala bestowed a? “Letter of Appreciation” on behalf of Agro Input Dealers Association on Dr Awasthi for his contributions in neem-plantation in the presence of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, among others.
It may not be out of place to mention here that Awasthi was also chosen for Inamdar Award which was bestowed on him recently at Pushkar by Sahakar Bharati-RSS leaning cooperative body.
Barring perhaps Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there is hardly any minister in his Cabinet who had not been part of IFFCO’s campaign. Lending their support to the idea of neem campaign they come to plant a sapling whenever IFFCO organizes such event and request them to be part of it, says an official of IFFCO.
Neem Products CIB Registration
World Neem Organisation is very happy to share this very important news with whole Neem fretinity!
Item No: 3.1 Exclusion of Neem products from insecticide schedule.
The representation from M/s World Neem Organization and Others was deliberated by the RC regarding the problems faced by exporters of various neem products. After detailed discussion the committee decided that the concerned authorities may be informed that neem products (neem leaves, neem oil, neem kernels, neem cake) do not require registration for export for non-insecticidal purposes.
On behalf of the manufacturers of neem products , I thank WNO for their support by taking up the matter with the CIB Authority and getting this major relief for the Neem products export.
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The WNO Impact
Dr. Jothi Sivagnanam, Prof & Head, Economics Department, Dean of Research and Member Syndicate, University of Madras gifted 1000 neem saplings (2 ft ht) to all the guests who attended his son's marriage recently. He was inspired by WNO's initiative to promote neem and offered to donate saplings as and when WNO proposed to undertake this on a large-scale. Gifting a neem sapling during a marriage is quite unusual and this gesture was truly innovative and won the appreciation of all the guests. Hopefully, he will be a trailblazer!
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Neem tradition in a Rajasthani wedding
Recently I attended wedding of our close friend's son in Mumbai. When the groom and his entourage arrived at the venue, the father of the bride and other members standing with garlands at the entrance welcomed the group. According to their tradition the groom has to touch the ‘toran’ ( A trophy made of wood/cardboard, silk thread,pearls and colored stones) hanged on a Neem's long leafy branch (Photos), which somebody from the bride’s side holds at the welcome gate, with his dagger or sword which he carries with him. I was so happy to see this Neem tradition.
There is another Neem tradition in Rajasthani wedding that the mother of the bride welcomes the groom by anointing him after he alights from his mare and the sister in law( Wife of bride's brother) touches the shoulder of the groom with a Neem stick.
--Dr Nirrmala Kotharii
Pay Back To Nature
On September 2nd , 2018 Kharghar Digamber Seva Trust" of Navi Mumbai ( New Bombay) in a plantation drive" Pay Back to Nature" " Tree Plantation & Preservation" planted Neem saplings along with the other tree species at Central Park, Kharghar.