Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has impressed delegates at UN headquarters on the importance of natural farming with zero budget to come out from the presesnt day horrific climate change challenges in the farm sector.
Addressing a meeting on sustainable agriculture, he said that AP turned as a hub of natural farming and remained as an ideal to the rest of the world. Everybody on the dais are working towards natural farming. As a matter of fact we are able to produce results now. He said that he promoted technology in the past and Now promoting technology and nature together to do wonders.
He said that his state is determined on Mission 2024 to make Andhra Pradesh as India’s No I natural farming state, involving 60 lakh farmers and covering 8 million hectares. He said that he is confident that this makes his state a role model for the world.
Naidu said that his government has been encouraging zero budget natural farming to reduce costs and risks in farming, more and safe food with nutritious values, reverse migration to villages and enhance soil health to safeguard our collective future. He said microbial seed coating, bio inoculants, cover crops, mulching, soil aeration and zero chemicals will promote living soil concept. He said a target was set to make villages as a bio villages in five years period.
The Chief Minister said with the help of women self help groups, community resources persons and technology backbone 6 million farmers will be involved in zero budget natural farming. He said that the zero budget farming will help to reach sustainable development goals.
Earlier in a bilateral meeting with Dr Tony Simons, director General, world agroforestry centre (ICRAF) and Dr Ravi Prabhu, deputy director general, research ICRAF, the Chief minister discussed on ongoing research activities in AP to strengthen scientific evidence and assess impacts of Zero budget natural farming through field based data collection.
Dr Tony Simons said that their organisation is carrying out research programmes in agroforestry sector in 30 countries and eager to study the natural farming practices in AP. He expressed his readiness to extend their research programmes in natural farming practices of AP. He said training of farmers play key role in success of natural farming and invited the decision of Chief Minister in this regard. He expressed willingness to exchange technology know how.