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From PM Modi to FM Nirmala Sitharaman, the govt has always spoken in support of ZBNF. But the budget allocation for its promotion is quite meagre.
Over 60 serving and ex-govt officials, a NITI Aayog member & scientists have published a paper warning that ZBNF method could threaten national food security.
The low-cost method uses a cowdung-based mixture called ‘jeevamrut’ instead of chemicals. Scientists say it could lead to decline in farmers’ income.
Zero-budget farming popular in South India. In her Budget speech, Sitharaman said the natural farming method should be adopted across the country.