Can zero budget natural farming save input costs and fertiliser subsidies? evidence from Andhra Pradesh
This study offers insights into Zero Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) vis-à-via its effect on the economics of agriculture in Andhra Pradesh. It compares costs of ZBNF inputs and practices with the costs of chemical inputs (fertilisers and pesticides) for the farmer and also estimates the potential savings in fertiliser subsidies at different stages of ZBNF penetration for the state. The study was conducted through a primary survey of about 600 farmers across all agro-climactic zones in Andhra Pradesh.