(IRDP), is popularised and its value added products are rolled out through village industries, says the Bank report.
However, total neem oil produced in India is about 2.5 lakh tonnes, which is only 30 per cent of the total potential, the report said, indicating the scope for optimising yield.
Native to India and Burma, neem, according to the report of Ad Hoc panel of Board on Science and Technology for International Development National Research Council (1992), has been planted in many parts of Asia, Africa and few other parts of the world.
However, over 60 per cent of the entire neem population is found in India.
Indian farmers have traditionally used de-oiled neem cake as a fertiliser in their fields.
In India, bio-pesticides represent only 4.2 per cent of the overall pesticide market which is expected to exhibit an impressive annual growth rate of around 10 per cent in the coming years, says Iyer.
Neem-based pesticides, bacillus thuringiensis, nuclear polyhedrosis virus and trichoderma are some of the major bio-pesticides produced and used in India.