Who is Shri Subash Palekar? What is his contribution of the Indian farmers?
Shri Subash Palekar is a graduate in Agriculture from the drought affected district of Vidharba in Maharashtra in India. He had practiced for about two decades inorganic cultivation methods that he had learnt as an agricultural student. After practicing the Government promoted, university supported inorganic cultivation, he felt a thorough dissatisfaction due to increasing costs and decreasing yields in his farm. On analyzing he found that the soil wealth had depleted very substantially in his farm due to extended and indiscriminate use of fertilizers, pesticides, fungicides, insecticides, etc. Subsequently, he researched on the subject and came to the conclusion that the cause for all the trouble was the inorganic method of cultivation. He worked on a solution for this problem over six years and arrived at an acceptable and successful method of cultivation which he called “Zero budget Natural Farming”.
His contribution to the Indian farmer is the instilling faith in the traditional methods of cultivation and providing them with techniques and implements to successfully practice his system of cultivation.