What's happening in Andhra Pradesh, India?
Zero budget natural farming in the drought-prone regions of Andhra Pradesh is helping soils to produce more, offering smallholder farmers decent livelihoods. Farmers' organizations together with the government provide the training. They encourage local communities, particularly women’s self-help groups, to take up new farming practices that transform the land. The practices make farmers more resilient and able to fight climate change.
How it came about -
There is a huge crises on the soil front as we have lost vast amounts of soil organic matter and we continue to lose soil organic matter at a rapid pace. There is a severe water stress. There is very widespread loss of biodiversity. It is in response to these crises that the Govt of Andhra Pradesh turned to Natural farming, as a way of solving these multiple crises. The Govt wants to enhance farmers’ net incomes by reducing their costs of cultivation, improving their yields, reducing their risks and enabling them to get remunerative prices. We believe very strongly that these can be delivered through farming in harmony with nature, and not through use of high cost synthetic fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and weedicides. Govt also believes that the nutritional integrity of the food should be enhanced and food should be free from chemical residues. Further, Govt is very concerned about the risks to Agriculture because of the loss of soil organic matter, water stress and the worsening climate change crisis. Hence, in addition to the interests of the farmers and the consumers, the Govt has adopted Natural farming as it is environment friendly. It enhances climate change resilience. It enhances soil organic matter, soil fertility, water holding capacity of soils, and enhances bio diversity (above ground and below ground).' https://apcnf.in/
An initiative of Rythu Sadhikara Samstha, Government of Andhra Pradesh, the program A.P Community managed natural farming program and the farmers of Andhra Pradesh have created a success story.
Zero-Budget Natural Farming in Andhra Pradesh, India
May 31, 2021 - 2.09 minutes
PMDS Success Story. Bhagyamma, Anantapuramu District -
Jan 31, 2020 - 6 minutes
The Government of Andhra Pradesh, Dept of Agriculture & Rythu Sadhikara Samstha
Zero Budget Natural Farming Unit presentation
Pre Monsoon Dry Sowing Kadapa district -
Sep 27, 2020 - 4.55 minutes
Andhra Pradesh Community Managed Natural Farming - working in all the 13 districts of the state. The Pre-monsoon dry sowing is an innovative method to farm during the non- farming season. Not keeping lands fallow, keeping the land vegetative 365 days. See the method here!