What are the implements used to achieve the objectives of Zero Budget Natural Farming?
Obtain disease free seeds through seed cleaning, protection and fortification with the help of beejamirthum;
Regular application of Jeevamurthum to the cultivable land to increase microbiological activity;
Aachadana, ie. Mulching
Waaphaso, ie. Ensure areation through increased vapourisation of water and increase air circulation in the root zone of the plants, which in turn will promote healthy and disease resistant growth of the plant
Why this method better than Inorganic Chemical farming practiced world over?
Chemical farming destroys the humus in the soil;
Repeated application of inorganic chemicals kill the microbial activity in the soil
Due to increased use of various salts that are predominant in the inorganic fertilisers the plants tend to demand more water to keep them alive and fresh;
Inorganic chemical farming makes the farmer dependent on the fertiliser and pesticide suppliers for a successful crop which in turn actually takes away the economic independence of the farmer
Why is this method better than the “Organic” farming which is becoming a fad of late?
In organic farming, you are recommended to use earthworm fortified farm yard manure, this is expensive and worm used for this purpose commercially is not an earthworm expected by the farming community;
Further, the worm used is called “Esino Fatida”, is not an earth worm. This is a worm that works on wastes and can not survive in the soil on its own. It can survive only on “kuppai”. This does not penetrate or eat the soil and hence does no activity that an earthwork does;
Further, the wastes of this worm carries traces of heavy metals like cadmium, lead, mercury which are harmful to both plant and the people who consume the plant produce;
Further, Esino Fatida wates releases 76% of the carbon from the FYM and degrades the atmosphere.
Zero budget natural farming better than organic farming. why?
Other inputs for organic farming are bio based and needs the farmer to be dependent on a supplier. The cost of such supply is very expensive and makes the farmer loose his economic independence;
The standards of quality of the bio inputs are a matter of question and they are beyond the capabilities of a normal farmer to test and find out the reality;
This bio-technique organic farming could very well turn into a “bio-terrorism” over which farmer has no adequate control