Management of DBM and aphids using neem seed powder formulations (Arka Neem Seed Powder Pellet formulation)
The main limitation for using neem seed powder is cumbersome and time-consuming process and the resulting extract is highly unstable with a short shelf life. Thus the present talc-based neem seed powder pellets were developed for increased insecticidal efficacy and shelf life in ready-to-use form. Neem seed powder pellet formulation performed well in terms of DBM management with mean DBM count as 0.6, against control (5.33) and it was as good as Neem seed powder extract. In terms of aphids management also Neem seed powder pellet formulation performed well (Aphid count is 0.12 as against control, 4.48) and is on par with NSPE.