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Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a proposal of zero budget farming, which she said is like going back to basics. She said zero budget farming is already being practiced in some states of the country. Sitharaman said emphasis on zero budget farming will help doubling the farming income in days to come.

This is technically known as Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF), as the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations calls it. Zero budget farming is a set of farming methods that involve zero credit for agriculture and no use of chemical fertilizers.

This evolved as a farming movement in Karnataka as a result of collaboration between agriculturist Subhash Palekar and state farmers association Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS). As it attained considerable success in Karnataka, the model was replicated in many other states, particularly in South India.

If this model gets the backing and adequate financial assistnce from the government, this may address the farm crisis across the country. And, it will also make small scale farming profitable. Marginal and small farmers will be the biggest beneficiaries. Their lot will improve significantly, it zero budget farming model gets government’s backing.

Source – India Today