Zero Budget Natural Farming

Published on July 06, 2019
  • In News: The Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman announced a proposal of Zero Budget Natural Farming in budget 2019 for doubling farmer’s income in the country
Zero Budget Natural Farming

About Zero Budget Natural Farming:

  • Zero budget” stands for no production cost in farming and “Natural Farming” stands for doing farming without any aided chemical fertilizer or external seed and only using natural resources
  • Aim to pull farmers out of the debt trap, cutting production cost and make small scale farming a viable option
  • ZBNF involves no use of chemical fertilizers and assures zero credit for agriculture
  • This type of farming was successfully initiated in Karnataka and was replicated as a role model in other states
  • It cut down the farming expenditure and ends farmer’s reliance on loans

Features:

  • Practice only natural growth of crops
  • Bijamrita, Jiwamrita, Mulching and Waaphasa are the processes of ZBNF
  • Intercropping of crops is one of the features of ZBNF
  • The required materials are cow dung, cow urine, water, neem pulp, etc.
  • The insects are removed by using neem pulp and chillies

Question:

Q.1  Zero Budget Natural Farming is based on which method?
a. Using a limited amount of chemical fertilizer
b. Use of only nitrogen fertilizer
c. No use of chemical fertilizer
d. High production cost based farming

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