German bank to support Natural farming in AP
Climate resilient natural farming, which is a healthier , eco friendly farming method being implemented by the AP government has attracted the attention of foreign countries. The eco, environmental friendly zero budget natural farming is a age old mode, followed by our ancestors and they used only cow dung and urine as manures and never applied any chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
Now the AP government is also implementing the same method all over the state and encouraging the farmers towards this method. Which can be said and healthier for soil and water , environment and for human being too. At present Azim premji philanthropic initiatives( Azim premji foundation) is supporting the government to expand the natural farming and recently a German Development bank namely KFW also came forward to support the natural farming and agreed to lend Rs.711 crores to the government. On the othersisde the state government also would spend Rs.304 crores to expand the program in 591 Gramapanchayatis and to reach 2.39 lakh farmers.
ecently minister for agriculture K.Kannababu stated that Christoph Kessler, director of KfW bank and AP Special Chief Secretary (Agriculture) Poonam Malakondaiah and Rythu Sadhikara Samstha co-vice-chairman T Vijay Kumar signed the project agreement.
The project is being undertaken by the AP government, by merging with Rastriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) and Paramparagat Krishi Vikas Yojana (PKVY) of the Centre, with the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives extending technical support.
It has already launched ZBNF is over 3,011 villages covering an extent of 1.28 lakh hectares. With the German financial assistance, the project will be scaled up and reach two lakh hectares. Apart from the loan, the KGW will provide Rs 7.9 crore grant for financing independent verification, and audit; baseline-midline-end line review and evaluation and related studies of the ZBNF project. Later Kanna babu launched a toll free number 1800 599 3366 for enquiries and to provide information on the insurance scheme launched by the government for the farmers.