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Soil is the base of everything. Future, food and health. We as the international society have to restore a lot of grounds around the World. There are some specific tools to stimulate this proces in the best way. Our page about 'Soil' gives more backgroundinformation about this item.

"The new Soil Intelligence System (SIS) for India will help the states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Odisha rationalize the costs of generating high-quality soil data and build accessible geospatial information systems based on advanced geostatistics. The SIS initiative will rely on prediction rather than direct measurements to develop comprehensive soil information at scale. The resulting data systems will embrace FAIR access principles — findable, accessible, interoperable, and reproducible — to support better decision-making in agriculture. ..."

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"... Zero-budget natural farming (ZBNF) is reported to be followed by 8% of farmers in Andhra Pradesh, making it probably the world’s most successful natural farming approach. “Adoption rates elsewhere of nature-friendly agriculture rarely exceed 1%,” says Vijay Kumar, the government Advisor rolling ZBNF out.

It is called “zero-budget” because all inputs are made from local natural materials at little or no cost. This offers farmers an escape from the debt that often entraps them when they spend heavily on chemical fertilizers and pesticides and then their crop fails. Debt is a cause of the crisis of farmer distress that is sweeping rural India. Severe drought currently grips three quarters of the state. ..."

".... ZBNF offers an alternative to these inputs, and farmers who adhere to ZBNF swear by it. “I will never go back to chemicals,” says Hanumantha Rao. He blames the chemicals for unhealthy food and much of the ill health in his village.

“Technology and nature are wonderful things. With ZBNF, we will be chemical free with good air, water, food and soils,” says Chief Minister Nara Chandrababu Naidu. A modernizer who made Hyderabad an IT hub, Naidu would like to see all six million farmers in the state take it up by2024.

But there is one snag to all this. How do the practices that constitute ZBNF actually work? The science that underpins ZBNF is still largely unknown, the mechanisms producing results mostly undocumented. This, however, should soon change, and gaps will be filled. “We are taking help from various centres so that ZBNF is scientifically established,” explained Vijay Kumar. ..."