Organic farming is gaining importance with time in farming communities since the effects of synthetic pesticides are turning out to be harmful to health. Garari is a small, deciduous and fast-growing tree having short rotation (4-5 yrs.) with good coppicing ability and it can thrive in infertile soil. Its bark, leaves and fruits contain phytochemical compounds like Lactone glycoside which are having pesticidal property making it a potent bio-pesticide, alternative to synthetic pesticides. Looking to the potential utilization of the Garari, the present paper is exploring the potential of Garari (Cleistanthus collinus
) a multipurpose tree suitable for organic farming. The information has been collected from the secondary sources and the review of research has been done. It is learnt from the review of research that the spraying of extracts from different plant parts is more effective than spreading the bulky mass of leaves in paddy fields. Its extract is effective against rice caseworm, hoppers, leaf rollers, cotton bollworm, spodoptera etc
. It is revealed from the study that the Garari (Cleistanthus collinus
) can be also used as timber, fuel wood and wasteland reclamation agent. Wood of garadi is tough, durable and resistant to termite attack, decay and marine borer. Larvicides and wood preservatives are also prepared from Garari (Cleistanthus collinus
). It will highly suitable species for marine uses. Easy boundary plantation and management makes it convenient to farmers. Despite having all these useful characters it is not yet exploited fully in agroforestry for organic farming. Its use is ecofriendly, addressing economic, ecological, and social aspect leading to sustainability.
Though organic farming is considered as costly approach, agroforestry can reduce the cost without hampering efficiency and effectiveness, so further research needed in this direction.
Chichaghare AR, Deshmukh HK, Nasam Midhun Kumar and Jamatiya A. Garari (Cleistanthus collinus): Multipurpose hedge crop for organic farming through agroforestry intervention. J Pharmacogn Phytochem 2019;8(2):2124-2127.