Andhra Pradesh is known as the rice bowl of India and is also the largest producer of fruits, eggs and aquaculture products. But, farmer distress, consumer food crisis, degrading soil health, global warming and climate change has urged policy-makers to come up with a more sustainable and effective measures.
Lessons learnt from past experiences
For eradication of poverty, the state government formed Society for Elimination of Rural Poverty (SERP) in 2000. It identified agriculture as the priority area for focus, as majority of poor were dependent on it for livelihood. Keeping in mind the lessons learnt from previous schemes to address farmer distress a plan was formulated to promote chemical free, climate resilient and eco-friendly farming practice, thus leading to launch of ZBNF programme in 2015-16.