Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the valedictory session of the National Summit on Agro and Food Processing on December 16, 2021 from 11 AM in which detailed contours of Zero Budget Natural Farming shall be presented. This summit is being organised as part of the Pre-event Vibrant Gujarat Summit to be held in Anand, Gujarat from 14th to 16th December 2021, the Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare has announced Monday.
According to the ministry, this conference would be attended by 5000 farmers. Apart from the 80 Central institutes of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Krishi Vigyan Kendras (KVKs) and ATMA (Agricultural Technology Management Agency) network in the states shall also be connecting farmers to witness the event live to know and learn about the practice and benefits of natural farming. Additionally, farmers and people from across the country can participate in the conference through the link https://pmindiawebcast.nic.in or watch it live on Doordarshan.
What’s Zero Budget Natural Farming?
Zero Budget Natural Farming has also been identified as a promising tool to minimise the dependence of farmers on purchased inputs, reduce the cost of agriculture by relying on traditional field-based technologies which lead to improved soil health. It emphasises the shift of agriculture practices from mono-crops to diversified multi-cropping systems. Desi cow, its dung and urine play an important role from which various inputs such as Beejamrit, Jivamrit and Ghanjivamrit are made on the farm and are the source of nutrients and life to the soil for good agricultural production. Other traditional practices such as mulching the soil with biomass or keeping the soil covered with green cover round the year, even in the very low water availability situations are added practices that ensure sustained productivity even from the first year of adoption.
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To emphasise such strategies and to deliver messages to farmers in far-flung areas of the country, the Government of Gujarat is organising a National Summit on Agro and Food Processing from 14th December to 16th December 2021 at Anand, Gujarat with a focus on natural farming. Eminent speakers have been invited to share their thoughts on the theme. An exhibition comprising more than 300 exhibitors from all over the country will be an added attraction.