Noted agriculturist and inventor of Zero Budget Natural Spiritual Farming, Subhash Palekar, has been appointed as advisor by the Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu to promote organic farming in the state.
As part of the mandate, Palekar will be responsible for formulating agriculture related policies and look after knowledge sharing with the farmers.
“We will strive to make Andhra Pradesh 100% organic in the coming years and eliminate use of harmful chemicals and fertilizers in crop production,” said Naidu.
The state government, which has already implemented Palekar’s Zero Budget Natural Spiritual Farming technique in 2,000 villages covering over five lakh hectares and trained five lakh farmers, aims to train 10 lakh farmers in the coming three years. This initiative was introduced last year during Kharif season and has already covered 50% of the mandals in the State, the government said in a statement.
Another 260 clusters have been identified for initiating the work from Kharif 2017. Around 1.8 lakh farmers are expected to be on board this year.
This farming technique is aimed at zero production cost as it encourages usage of natural nutrients from soil, air and water instead of purchasing chemical products that reduces the soil’s fertility.
The government also intends to set up a university exclusively for organic farming in Amaravati spread over 100 acres of land and will be constructed at a cost of Rs 100 crore.
The advisor also suggested setting up of a bio-gas plant in every village in the state to which the chief minister has agreed upon. Meanwhile, Naidu also suggested the use of solar power to provide electricity during the daytime and bio-gas during the night.
Palekar has also been requested by the CM to conduct video conferences as a platform for knowledge-sharing once every household in Andhra Pradesh gets an internet connection through the Fiber Grid Project.