WAY IT STARTED
SUBASH PALEKAR NATURAL FARMING formerly known as Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) is a set of farming methods, and also a grassroots farmer movement, which has spread to various states in India.
Today SPNF has attained wide success in southern India, especially the southern Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, but it was the southern Indian state of Karnataka where it first evolved.
The movement in Karnataka state was born out of collaboration between Subhash Palekar Ji, who put together the ZBNF practices, and the state farmers association Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha (KRRS), a member of La Via Campesina (LVC). In 2005 first 7 day seminar was held at Basava Kalyana in Karnataka. Subash Palekar was adorned with Basavashri award at Basava Kalyana in 2005.
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Transforming Namma Bhoomi INTO SWARNA BHOOMI
Today debt is a problem for farmers of all sizes in India. Farmers across Inida are increasingly finding themselves in a vicious cylcle of debt because of high production costs, high interest rates for credit, the volatile market prices of crops, the rising costs of fossil fuel based inputs and private seeds. Under such conditions, Subash Palekar’s natural farming practices promises to end a reliance on loans and drastically cut production costs ending the debt cycle for desperate farmers.
''Natural is Nature
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The SPNF Karnataka Movement is by the people of Karnataka, from all walks of life, who understand the philosophy and practices adopted in Subash Palekar’s Natural Farming Technology and focuses on below aspects.
- To revive the soil health of agriculture land across Karnataka using SPNF Technology.
- To educate, train and support farmer’s of Karnataka on how to apply SPNF Technology which will help them to
- not only to come out of high production cost farming methods
- but at the same time revive their soil health to increase production at low cost
- reverse the ill effects of use of chemicals they have used to manage soil and pests on their farm land.
- To promote SPNF technology not only at rural levels but also at schools and colleges, so we catch the citizens of tomorrow when they are young and instill awareness of saving our lands to grow high quality food.
- To promote SPNF technology to urban citizens of Karnataka as part of Subash Palekar’s Back To Nature Movement which emphasizes on
- Urban terrace gardening to promote growing fresh produce using SPNF Technology
- To bring about awareness of using food produced using SNF technology that imitates the way of nature.