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Rythu Sadhikara Samstha (RySS), a not-for-profit company fully-owned by Government of Andhra Pradesh has pioneered Zero Budget Natural Farming in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The aim is to reach universalization of Natural Farming practices by reaching 6 million farmers and converting 8 million hectares into natural farming fields.
Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) is a farming practice that believes in natural growth of crops without adding any fertilizers and pesticides or any other foriegn elements. The word Zero Budget refers to the zero net cost of production of all crops (inter crops, border crops, multi crops). The inputs used for seed treatments and other inocluations are locally available in the form of cowdung and cow urine.
A ZBNF practicisng farmer has lower cost of inputs and thus has better capacity to increase the incomes. At the same time, ZBNF crops helps in retaining soil fertiliting and is climate change resilient.
These are few articles and press releases related to Community Managed Sustainable Agriculture – a programme that was primer to ZBNF implemented by Government of AP. While these articles talk about CMSA, it is pertinent to note that Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) programme is more rigorous. The articles given here are for reference purposes.
Nela talli – Mother Earth, a video depicting how we are destroying the earth due to hazardous agricultural practices of unrestricted usage of chemical fertilisers and excessive pesticides. The ill-effects of these on human health, soil and ecosystem. The video further explores the solutions for these to ensure sustainable farming practices.
Groundnut is a major crop in the rainfed areas. Usage of ZBNF practices ensures a healthy ground nut crop which requires lesser water for its growth. The following are the package of practices using ZBNF to be followed for groundnut. ZBNF Groundnut PoP – 1- Seed Treatment with Beejamrutham ZBNF Groundnut PoP – 2- Land …
The father of ZBNF and Padma Shri Awardee, Sh. Subash Palekar has provided four important non-negotiable guidelines: Bijamrita (Seed Treatment using local cowdung and cow urine), Jiwamrita (applying inoculation made of local cowdung and cow urine without any fertilizers and pesticides), Mulching (activities to ensure favorable microclimate in the soil), and Waaphasa (soil aeration).