‘Krishi ka Rishi’ a training program for farmers by Sri Subhash Palekar on Zero Budget Natural Farming model, a method that is creating waves in the farming community in India began today in JIVA campus, Samshabad. More than 3000 farmers are attending the program. HH Chinnajeeyar Swamiji inaugurated the training program and encouraged everyone to use natural farming techniques for the benefit of society and eco system. Sriman M. Venkaiah Naidu was one of the Chief Guests for the program. About 300 children too came along with their parents. Special Prajna classes are being conducted for them to teach them about our rich heritage and culture.
Sri Subash Palekar was born in a small village in the district of Amravati, Maharashtra, son of a farmer; his interest in farming led him to pursue a B.Sc in Agriculture. Sri Palekar’s quest for natural farming techniques led him to the study of forest vegetation. It was here that he discovered the natural system at work in forests which allowed them to develop and nurture themselves, while maintaining healthy ecosystems.
After careful research of the system, Sri Palekar began to mimic the techniques he had witnessed, in his own farm. For a period of six years, from 1989 to 1995, he experimented and verified different techniques, before consolidating them into the ‘Zero Budget Natural Farming’ technique.
Zero Budget Natural Farming, as the name implies, is a method of farming where the cost of growing and harvesting plants is zero. Sri Subash Palekar is popularising #jeevamrutham,a mixture of cow dung,cow urine, jaggery, flour, soil & water, prepared without any expenditure. This means that farmers need not purchase fertilizers and pesticides in order to ensure the healthy growth of crops.
More than 50 lakh farmers across the country have benefitted greatly from Sri Palekar’s teachings and his method of natural farming. Sri Palekar spends 25 days every month sharing his knowledge of farming through seminar, lectures, workshops and field visits to help farmers develop healthy farming habits.
In 2016, in recognition of his work and the impact Sri Subash Palekar’s was creating, the Government of India for the first time bestowed a farmer with prestigious Padamashri Award.