I came across this great article from The Hindu, “Neyyattinkara municipality turns to natural farming .” As I read into the article I realized that this method is something that I have never heard of before and after reading a bit more about it, it seems like a no-brainer. I mean why wouldn’t a farmer, especially a poor farmer, want to use resources that he/she already has in abundance to fertilize his/her crops? Even more so when this usage would reduce the amount spent on commercially prepared (expensive) fertilizers that have to be brought in from outside the farm!
This article tells how a province in India is planning to implement this method across its agricultural areas in the near future. Below is an excerpt from the same:
“ZBNF is an emerging trend in agriculture that propagates use of natural manure and nutrients for farming instead of chemical fertilizers and pesticides. Unlike organic farming, this method of farming focusses on using things that are naturally available inside or around the farm so that nothing is purchased from outside.
“Most prominently, it focusses on the use of dung and urine of local breeds of cows that are considered to be the best source of nutrients and microbes for cultivation. This method has been successfully tested in Palakkad district and has proven to give high yield in vegetable cultivation,” Neyyattinkara municipality secretary G. Sudhakaran said.”
Once again I am struck at how it seems that much of the agricultural production in this country (USA) is focused on the production of food and grain crops not for the food value, but rather for the commercial benefit of producing, and then selling, the industrial fertilizers and pesticides and other chemicals that fuel the system in the US. I bemoan the failure of the FDA and the USDA that now say specifically that any “food” grown where animal waste has be used as fertilizer is considered tainted and possibly not safe for human consumption……
Some more resources about Zero Budget Natural Farming from the web: