- Zero-budget natural farming relies on savings on chemical inputs like fertilisers and insecticides
- As health consciousness grows, there’s a demand for natural/organic produce
- ZBNF relies on cow dung and urine for seed treatment, improving yield
- Scientists fear ZBNF may lead to drop in food production
First, it’s a misnomer. There is no such thing as zero-budget natural farming (ZBNF), although its the next big government push in the farm sector. What has been plied around as chemical-free, organic farming cohabits with the “back-to-basics” approach of some Indian agiculturists. This system involves using dung and urine of cows, jaggery, pulses-flour and neem as fertiliser and insecticide. Then again, only dung/urine of cows of Indian breeds will produce desired results, they say.
Several agriculture scientists have expressed fears that any push towards ZBNF would affect food productivity,...