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Neem cake powder is a Residual Neem Seed Meal obtained as a residue while extracting Neem Oil from Neem Seeds by Cold Pressed Extraction Process. Neem Cake Powder is used as a very good organic fertilizer as well as used in Pest and Insect Management in Organic Farming.
Neem Cake powder is rich source of nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and sulphur. It’s a natural product and is used for growth and a high yield of crops. The nutrient content and fertility of the soil increase when Neem powder is mixed with it. It ensures extended release of nutrients. The cake extractives also inhibit nitrification of nitrogenous fertilizers.
It also reduces alkalinity in soil, as it produces organic acids on decomposition. The high Azadirachtin content helps in protecting the crops against soil born insects, parasitic nematodes and as best soil conditioner. Neem cake powder is the de-oiled residue that can be used after Neem kernels are crushed for their oil. In this seed kernel are nutrients like NPK (nitrogen-phosphorus-potassium) .Neem cake is used in agriculture, horticulture, floriculture and the turf industry as an organic fertilizer as well as a natural nematicide.
When it organically decomposes, the Neem cakes release fatty acids, Ketones, aldehydes, Amino acids, free sulphur and carbohydrates. These affect the nematode population because the metabolites are nema-toxic in nature. Plus, the by-products of the Neem Cake decomposing will increase the microbes in the soil parasitic activity on nematodes. The end result is a reduced population of nematodes.
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