Vijayawada: Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has said Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) will help to improve quality of life of the global community. He said a global knowledge centre on natural farming and innovation hub would be set up in Amaravati, the Green-field capital of AP.
The CM addressed the World Economic Forum’s high-level dialogue session hosted by the United Nations Environment Programme on “achieving planetary-scale impacts through natural farming” through a video conference from the Delhi Airport on Tuesday.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister said women’s groups, 4,825 federations are working in natural farming to bring a saturation point. He said that he was a strong believer in knowledge, technology, community and nature. Technology should be used to protect nature. He said using future technology tracing of origin of food is not far away. One can trace the origin of food he is eating using technology. The CM said Kondabirdi emerged as a hundred per cent bio village by adopting ZBNF.
Budget Natural Farming. He stressed the need that all villages should be transformed as bio villages for a happy and healthy life
The Chief Minister said that the ZBNF will help the farmers and consumers leveraging social capital. It will develop a unique eco system besides producing value addition to the produce by benefitting farmers. The ZBNF help to improve the health of consumers with no signs of pesticides besides increasing the levels of food nutrition. He said the ZBNF will provide health security, rural employment, soil health, water security, eco system regeneration and bio diversity. He said as per Vision 2024, 6 million farmers and 8 million hectares of land will come under ZBNF.
The Chief Minister sought the cooperation of global experts in promoting ZBNF through knowledge and technology sharing. He said Andhra Pradesh was encouraging increase in earthworm movement, increase in number of honey bees and increase in birds. Expressing concern over increase in carbon emissions, the Chief Minister said 8 million hectares of land including 4 million hectares for horticulture in AP will help to control carbon emissions. AP branding as Sunrise AP has been encouraging renewable energy including Solar energy. All vehicles will be electrical vehicles in future.
The Chief Minister said that he want to establish most liveable standards in AP with quality of life, quality of air, water and food. Using technology in real time, the state will work together for the good of the global community, he added....