The ICAR-Indian Institute of Farming Systems Research, Modipuram organized a brain storming session on “Indigenous organic practices including zero budget natural farming (ZBNF) vs. Scientific Organic Farming” at Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore on 28th November - 2018.
Dr. S. Bhaskar, Asst. Director General (Agronomy, Agro forestry and Climate Change) said the organic farming should be promoted in niche areas and crops with the facility of proper sustainable management strategies. He also said that the ZBNF or scientific organic farming should aim for increasing productivity and sustainability together.
Dr. N. Ravisankar, National PI, AINPOF highlighting the main purpose of the session said that it is organized to for discussing the various forms of organic agriculture including ZBNF which are being propagated in the recent times and also for finding out the possibility of converging scientific organic farming and natural farming practices.
Dr. S. Mohan, Director (Publications), Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and Shri P. Rajkumar, Ex-Mayor, Coimbatore Corporation, Tamil Nadu also marked his presence during the session.
The session was organized following the occasion of XIII Annual Group Meeting of All India Network Programme on Organic Farming organized during 27th - 29th November - 2018.
The session was attended by ZBNF practicing farmers and progressive organic farming farmers from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, agricultural entrepreneurs, state govt officials, researchers from ICAR and SAU’s and other stake holders.
(Source: ICAR-Indian Institute of Farming Systems Research, Modipuram)