Zero Budget-Natural Farming Welfare for the Country and Society - Agriculture Minister Shri Agarw

Zero Budget-Natural Farming Welfare for the Country and Society - Agriculture Minister Shri Agarw

Five-five acres in the fields of Agriculture Department, Seed Corporation and Krishi Vigyan Kendra will be zero budget, natural agriculture

Launch of two-day workshop on 'zero budget-natural agriculture'

Agriculture Minister Shri Brij Mohan Agarwal has said that the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, medicines etc. has resulted in farming being a less profitable business; thus, the concept of "zero budget - natural farming" is not only for farmers but also The country and society are also being proved to be welfare. He said that "zero budget-natural agriculture" is a technique in which no chemical fertilizer is used to farm, nor does it need to buy pesticide medicines from the market. Shri Agarwal thanked the inventor of this method, Shri Subhash Palekar and announced that "zero budget-natural agriculture" commencement in five-five acres of area in the fields of agriculture department, seed corporation and agricultural science centers in Chhattisgarh Will. Mr. Agrawal was launching a two-day workshop organized by the Department of Agriculture and Biotechnology at the "College of Zoology- Natural Agriculture" in the auditorium of Agriculture College, Raipur here yesterday.

    Agriculture Minister said that more than 75 percent of the farmers in Chhattisgarh are marginal or small farmers who have limited capacity to invest in agricultural as well as their size is small. It is not possible for such farmers to cultivate expensive resources. In such a situation, zero budget-natural farming is a good option. This is a safe method for the fields as well as for human and animal health and the environment. Mr. Agarwal instructed the officers of the Agriculture Department to organize a training program of 5,000 farmers before the 15th of the succeeding month. Mr. Sunil Kuzur, Commissioner of Agricultural Production said on this occasion that zero budget - natural farming is a very good concept in which maximum benefits can be obtained from the minimum investment. He said that good results of Shri Palekar's experiments and research conducted for long period have been achieved and today only about five lakh farmers of three thousand villages of Andhra Pradesh have adopted this agricultural system. He informed that 48 Agriculture Officers of Chhattisgarh Agriculture Department are being sent to Andhra Pradesh to study this agriculture system there.

    Padmashree Shri Subhash Palekar, promoter of zero budget - Natural Agricultural Retention, said that chemical farming cost more, due to which the fields are poor and have a bad effect on the health of humans, animals and the environment. He said that while working in tribal areas, he found that there is a self-developed, self-sustained and fully self-dependent natural system in the forests. In that ecosystem there is good development of flora. They have developed the method of zero budget-natural agriculture by testing these natural processes on their fields. He said that the production of chemical farming initially increases but after a few years production starts declining, whereas in natural agriculture the production continues to grow, the quality of the crop is improved and the cost of farming is low. This method also has a good effect on human health and the environment. Shri Palekar said that this method of natural agriculture is becoming popular day by day and today it is popular in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, West Bengal, Rajasthan and Gujarat states. About 30 lakh farmers are doing zero budget-natural agriculture. Andhra Pradesh's Agricultural Adviser Mr. T. Vijay Kumar gave information about the activities and results of the implementation of zero budget-natural agriculture in Andhra Pradesh.

    Vice Chancellor of Krishak Kalyan Parishad, Shri Gopal Chandra, Secretary Agriculture Mr. Anup Srivastava and Chancellor of Chhattisgarh Kamdhenu University Dr. N.P. Mr. Abhijit Singh, Managing Director of Mandi Board, Mr. Narendra Pandey, Director, Horticulture and Director, Department of Agriculture and Biotechnology, Mr. M.S. Kerketta was also present. In this workshop, more than five hundred progressive farmers from state, district and developmental level officers, Indira Gandhi Agricultural University and Kamdhenu University administration officers and scientists and all the districts of the state of agriculture, horticulture, animal husbandry departments and related institutions were involved.



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