AP farmer should achieve nobel prize in ZBNF:CM

Natural farming is only alternative for future and healthy society:CM

AP should be declared as ZBNF state by 2024

Certification essential for value addition of natural farming products:CM

Vijayawada: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said that a person of Andhra Pradesh should achieve noble prize in zero budget natural farming. He said that AP is ahead in natural farming practices and the world is looking  towards the state to know the natural farming practices being observed here. He appealed to the farmers to extend cooperation for making AP as zero budget natural farming state even before 2024.

Addressing a programme of capacity building of ZBNF lead farmers and interacting with them at Indira Gandhi Municipal stadium here today, the Chief Minister stressed the need for certification of natural farming  products to provide value addition in international market. He said technology should be used to get traceability of farming products and the products should be linked with improvement of health of those consuming the products. Stating that natural farming is only alternative of future needs, the Chief Minister said five lakh hectares of land would be brought under natural farming this year.

The Chief Minister said that the presentation he made on ZBNF at United Nations Organisation recently got the attention of world countries and several countries are looking forward to know the natural farming practices of AP. He said the natural faming will help to improve soil improvement and improve health of people with no sign of pesticides residue in food production. He said that the state govt would extend cooperation for natural farming practices.

Several farmers practicing zero budget natural farming explained their experiences and achievements in natural farming. A former IT professional who gave up his profession over the request of his mother and opted for natural farming, Prasanna of Ramanapeta of Tiruvur mandal in Krishna district explained on how he applied technology to natural farming to get value addition. He said stabilization of price is essential for continuous demand of organic natural products.

Another farmer Papa Rao of Guntur district explained on how he is cultivating paddy seeds through natural farming as a tenant farmer of 3 acres of land.  A software professional N Parthasarathy of Anantapur district, who gave up his profession and practicing ZBNF from 2013 explained on he is marketing the natural farming products of over 500 farmers of his region in Bangalore using social media platform. He said to provide branding for their products they floated Ananta Naturals company to provide value addition to their products.

Minister for Agriculture Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy, Minister for water resources Devineni Umamaheswara Rao, Minister for Youth affairs Kollu Ravindra, ZP chair person Gadde Anuradha, advisor to Govt on Agriculture Vijay Kumar, principal secretary, agriculture B Rajasekhar and others were present.

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