Growing Neem Trees in Australia

  • 14 pages

  • Published: 1 Jun 2006

  • Author(s): Chudleigh, Peter

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Neem trees grow naturally in hot and seasonally dry tropical areas of the world. The growing of
neem trees and/or use of neem based insecticides have often been promoted in Australia and some
plantation production has been initiated.
This publication provides a brief review of the potential for the development and application of
neem production systems in Australia, with focus on low rainfall areas. The report covers the
production, harvesting, ingredient extraction and the market for neem products. The aim is to
provide a review of the many factors that influence the technical and economic viability of neem as a
future tree crop in Australia.
The issue of whether neem trees can be used to lower watertables in the low rainfall temperate areas
of Australia is also addressed in the review.
This project was funded by the Joint Venture Agroforestry Program (JVAP). The JVAP is supported
by three R&D Corporations ? Rural Industries, Land & Water Australia and Forest and Wood
Products. These Corporations are funded principally by the Federal Government