Natural agriculture: The man behind ‘zero-budget spiritual farming’

Nagpur, Feb 11: Subhash Palekar got to know that he was selected for the Padma Shri, while watching TV at a hotel room in Kakinada last month. The 66-year-old agriculturalist from Belora village of Amravati district in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region was at port city to address some 8,000 farmers at an Andhra Pradesh government-organised programme, where he was specially felicitated by the chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

Palekar is happy being conferred India’s fourth highest civilian award “not because it was I, but a practicing farmer who got it”. Palekar is a pioneer of ‘zero-budget spiritual farming’, a technique that he claims has over 40 lakh adherents, three-fourths of them in South India.