ZBNF is a form of sustainable natural farming that employs principles of nature, science, spirituality and non-violence that was started by Shri Subhash Palekar after extensive research in traditional farming practices. Shri Subhash Palekar's teachings are being practiced by lakhs of farmers all over India to produce toxin-free food and reap healthy and sustained yields.
Shri Subhash Palekar has been conferred the Padmashri for his life-long contribution to the field of natural farming and conservation of the environment. His method of farming employs locally available resources and in particular the Indian breed cow. When followed methodically, this system results in a low cost means of farming, hence the name "Zero Budget Natural Farming". Thereby, freeing the farmer from the viscous circle of debt and hence freeing the farmer from the trap of suicide.
For an introduction to ZBNF watch this video (in English) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-xi2VB9Q6c
An article giving a short introduction to ZBNF along with interesting stats (in English)
A multipart series of interviews(in English) by renowned scientist Padmashree Dr. Vijay Bhatkar (Architect of the PARAM series supercomputer)
Two part Marathi interview of Shri Subhash Palekar by journalist Nikhil Wagle covering a lot of details about the history of the movement and the truth behind modern farming.
Part 1 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68CkDaJjtYE
Part 2 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dt2h7a7s9CQ
Freely downloadable audio/video lectures Marathi and Hindi
ZBNF reference website:
Many state governments are officially implementing ZBNF as a means of promotion of sustainable farming. Once such example is Andhra Pradesh, which plans to cover over 5 lakh farmers from 3000+ villages under its ZBNF implementation scheme - More at http://apzbnf.in/
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