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Farmers’ access to natural pest control products: experience from an IPM project in India

Research reports

This study examines the outcome of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) project in India. The study concentrates
on the adoption and use of two novel pest control products for use on pigeonpea, neem seed kernel extract (NSKE) and nucleopolyhedrovirus (NPV). Both of these are natural products that can be produced by farmers, local-level enterprises, or commercial manufacturers. Farmers’ and project experience are used to consider appropriate strategies for the provision of these products. The study compares results in two areas of Andhra Pradesh; in one, the IPM activities were managed by NGOs, while in the other the activities featured direct technical assistance. The study examines farmers’ experience with using and maintaining these products and considers the sustainability of current strategies.

Robert Tripp and Arif Ali