Zero Budget Farming

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Just one cow can raise crops on 30 acres. This news article from The Hindu about Shri Subhash Palekar of Maharashtra is worth reading as he calls his method ‘zero budget farming’.  In the age of mindless and reckless chemical farming he stresses the importance of just a single cow to manage a field of upto 30 acres.  Sounds a little too much for all of us who were unfortunately brought up on industrial concepts of productivity and agriculture.

Just a cow can raise crop on 30 acres

Staff Reporter – The Hindu, Coimbatore:

Just a cow can help you raise crop in 30 acres, without any external inputs, extra water or even electricity!

Zero budget farming That is the concept of zero budget farming, says Subash Palekar, Founder of the Zero Budget Farming Movement. He is in the city to address a workshop on zero budget farming that begins on Saturday. Only zero budget farming, which was being followed by nearly 24 lakh farmers in various states, can ensure increased food production, he told reporters here on Friday. “Chemical and organic farming methods are not helping us produce as much as we need. With just 12 crore hectare cultivable land available in the country, we cannot afford to lose more land to urbanisation. Government is only promoting organic farming for producing food items meant for export. It is only aiding in increasing the world economy and not the Indian economy,” Mr. Palekar said.

Farce Hitting out at officials who claimed that India was self-sufficient, he said that it was a farce. Quoting statistics of the last year he claimed that India was still in a position to import food. “Ten kg of cow dung is required for an acre a month. A ‘desi’ cow can give 11 kg of dung a day. Hence 30 acres can be cultivated. Almost any plant needs 98.5 per cent carbon dioxide to grow. Solar energy and water is needed to cultivate it. Only the remaining is needed from the soil. It is false when people say that manure is the basic food material for a crop,” he said. He quoted many success stories of farmers who had adopted the zero budget farming technique. Since 1988 he has been able to garner the support of farmers in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Chattisgarh, West Bengal and Orissa. He has a considerable following in Tamil Nadu too. “We submitted a proposal of using the technique to the Tamil Nadu Government on Thursday. We hope they will accept it,” he said. Mr. Palekar said agricultural universities were propagating wrong practices like organic farming, vermin-composting and the like. “All these techniques are dangerous and against Nature.” “Farmers are not the only ones who are committing suicide. There are so many others committing suicide by consuming the food produce that comes out of wrong farming practices,” he added.

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8 comments so far


was really exciting and interesting to read about the farmstay. especially since we have lived in wellington for a few years. plus an interest in all things natural and organic
looking forward to when it would be open…

September 1st, 2008 at 9:42 am
Mrs. Brinda

i had the oppurtunity to witness the practical application of zero budget farming in a village near erode- it is called the senaapathy kangayam cattle research foundation p ltd – you can contact the managing director or write to him at senaapathy kangayam cattle research oundation p ltd,kuttappalayam-638108,tamilnadu

December 14th, 2008 at 12:10 am

Thanks Brindha,
That is most helpful. Erode is very near and we will certainly take time to visit the cattle research foundation soon. We have just started letting our cattle loose to feed on the pastures that we are trying to create and build-up on the land from which we have removed tea.

December 14th, 2008 at 12:11 am
Vivek Jayan

I recently got hold of a documentary on the Biodynamic Movement in India,
featuring Peter Proctor,placing this agricultural revolution in the context of the world’s current precarious environmental position. Was very inspiring and I guess would be of interest to one and all moving into organic/ethical farming practices.

December 14th, 2008 at 12:11 am

Hi guys, I am totally happy having just discovered your blog. A great design you have!
I did research on the ZBNF in Perur and Kanjikode myself in 09 last year. I come from Germany and I loved to stay with the Natural farmers! I also visited Coonor, stayed at the YWCA, but unfortunately didnt know about your farm, otherwise I would have come! Anyway, keep the good work going on!!

February 14th, 2009 at 4:59 am

http://www.kangayambull.com is a well authenticted website on indegenous cows of kangayam breed.

February 27th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

I couldn’t beleive this. In our Coonoor there is this beautiful organic farm and how come i never come across this? Just looking at the site itself is a treat for the eyes and mind and one can imagine how wonderful it will be to be there. Very nice to see the active paticipation of your kids and whynot? anyone with little care for the nature would love to work in such a beautiful place.
My wife had just visited your farm today and send me this site address. We are planning to do a similar one at Dhimbam,Sathyamangalam.and i am sure this will give us a great inspiration. InfoCreek did a fine job on the design of this web site which is simply super…..Best wishes for all your activities.

March 21st, 2010 at 4:51 pm
Dr A.T.Suresh

It is the most economic way to the people of all the developing countries to produce enough food for their livelyhood. Moreover farmers all over the country are in search of sustainable farming. Subhash Palekar is aray of hope to several lacks of poor farmers all over the country

May 31st, 2012 at 4:50 am

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