Devotees visiting Tirupati will quickly get naivedyam, laddu prasadam and annaprasadam manufactured from grains which can be freed from pesticide and residue and are grown utilizing Zero-Finances Pure Farming (ZBNF).
It’s not simply pilgrims to the Tirumala temple who will take pleasure in ‘natural’ prasads – the AP Advertising and marketing Federation (Markfed) will procure and provide pesticide-free agri-produce to 12 different temples, together with Annavaram, Srikalahasti and Srisailam.
Farm to Shrine
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has positioned an order for 22,000 tonnes of 12 kinds of chemical-free agri-produce from 25,000 farmers this 12 months.
To assist farmers put together ZBNF formulations, the TTT will give livestock from its goshalas. It has up to now equipped 1,350 cows to farmers in six districts.
The TTD will supply the produce from about 5,000 self-help teams (SHGs).
After testing a small pilot with 1,500 tonnes of Bengal gram final 12 months, the TTD has determined to scale up the initiative to fulfill all its cooking wants.
AP’s Markfed will work with SHGs to obtain the produce and ship it to the temple authorities. The ZBNF initiative, which took off in 2016 in Andhra Pradesh, was saved on the backburner for some time after the brand new Authorities took cost in 2019.
The State inspired about 6.25 lakh farmers to undertake pure farming, making it one of many largest pure farming programmes on the earth.
Rythu Sadhikara Samastha (RySS) is working with village entities to advertise and procure the agri produce. It has created a military of 8,000 Neighborhood Useful resource Individuals (CRPs) who assist farmers adhere to chemical-free farming, utilizing naturally obtainable merchandise similar to neem leaves for pest administration. Every of the CRP works with about 100 farmers.
“The ZBNF farmers who go for pre-monsoon dry sowing use 9 sorts of seeds recommended by RySS, and people who plant intercrops and border crops are eligible for procurement,” T.Vijay Kumar, Govt Vice-Chairman of RySS, mentioned.
The RySS has begun a course of to make sure the entire produce is licensed in accordance with the norms prescribed by the Centre.
Requested whether or not the method may be sustained contemplating the strict certification course of, G V Ramanjaneyulu, Chief Govt Officer of Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, mentioned it was attainable to maintain and replicate the mannequin in additional districts.
August 03, 2022