State government is planning to widen the Zero Budget Natural Farming-ZBNF in the state through farmer outreach programs in the coming six to eight years. State government has also partnered with Sustainable India Finance Facility for increasing the natural farming. (“AP Government Broadening Zero Budget Natural Farming in the state”)
ZBNF is aimed at practising natural farming practises like low-cost locally sourced natural concoctions, inoculums and decoctions based on cow dung, cow urine and jaggery to eliminate the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides.
The ZBNF programme in Andhra Pradesh can help six million farm families in the state and make significant progress towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), said an independent study.
The ZBNF programme would generate millions of rural employment opportunities across the agricultural value chain including the production, distribution, retail of natural mixtures and market linkages for ZBNF produce.
Speaking on the sidelines of launch of a study on zero budget farming in AP by the Council on Energy, Environment and Water- chief minister N. Chandrababu Naidu said, “The success of Andhra Pradesh’s Zero Budget Natural Farming experiment will not only help India to meet its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) but will also inspire and transform the lives of millions of farmers across the developing world’’.
Adopting ZBNF holds the potential to reinvigorate rural economies, reduce credit risks for farmers, and help agricultural families to allocate greater resources for education, health, and financial security.