Use of Neem leaves for storage and preservation of seeds
Neem leaves are widely used to repel the pest from stored food grains. Using of neem leaves is a simple , no cost, traditional way to keep away insects and pest during storage.Stored food materials are prone to attack by insects and pathogens .To control this first of all we should collect the fresh neem leaves and put a thin layer, about 1 cm of fresh neem leaves in the bottom of whatever container we use to store grain. On top of that put in a layer of sun dried grain about 30 centimetres thick. Then put in another thin layer of neem, and on top of that another 30 centimetres of grain. Keep on alternating a thin layer of neem leaves with a thicker layer of grain up to the top of the container. Then close it up.
Benefits of Using Neem Leaves
- It is the most effective traditional method to reduce insect and pest during storage.
- It is eco friendly and keep harmful insect away for a full year.
- Neem leaves act as insecticide during storage.
- It is easy and no cost way to keep safe our grains.
Hence, Using neem leaves for storage and preservation of seeds is the best method to keep harmful insect and pathogen away. So, it should be promoted.