Wednesday, June 14, 2017
The State government has appointed natural farming expert Subhash Palekar as its advisor (Zero budget natural farming).
The government has asked him to start natural farming university at Amaravati. He will advise the government on formulating policies and creating a framework to foster organic farming in the State. When Subhash Palekar called on the Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu, the latter assured him that he would allot 100 acres for the university and promised to invest Rs.100 crore on the project.
Chief Minister has told him that the government was providing Internet connection to every house in the State under the AP Fiber Grid Project and asked him to share his experiences with the farmers through video conferences. The government has taken steps to encourage natural farming during the last Khariff season. A total of five lakh farmers and five lakh hectares in 2,000 villages and 50 per cent mandals of the State were covered under the initiative. Another 260 clusters were identified for the Khariff. Two lakh acres will be brought under the natural farming this season.
Subhash Palekar who practiced and wrote many books about Zero Budget Spiritual Farming. He conducted many workshops all over the country. He was awarded Padma Sri in 2016. He did his B.Sc (Agriculture) at Nagpur. He wrote 20 books in Marathi, 4 books in English, 3 books in Hindi. All the books in Marathi are to be translated in all Indian languages. More than 30 million farmers throughout India are practice Zero Budget Natural Farming, in parts of Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Gujarat and West Bengal.