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The Foundation has established a model farm as Hulgur Knowledge Centre (HKC) for Farmers, Entrepreneurs and other stakeholders under the concept of Zero Budget natural farming (ZBNF) at Hulgur, Haveri, Karnataka. ZBNF is a method of Agro Chemical free farming practices by using deshi seeds and recycling of crop residue in the soil along with other agronomic field activities.

In order to maintain the biodiversity under the Multitier cropping system the farm grows a range of crops including Coconut, Areca nut, Mango, Sapota, Jamun, Guava, Citrus, Pomegranate and field crops like Greengram, Groundnut, etc. The utilization of different crop residues as mulching material preserves Whapasa and  improves soil health, soil organic matter, soil micro or macro Flora and Fauna also helps carbon sequestration. Cultivation of leguminous crops like Green gram, Groundnut etc. as cover crops, reduces the top soil erosion and increase soil Nitrogen status. Application Jeevamrutha, Ghanjeevamrutha, Neemashtra and other organic ingredients provide all the essential plant nutrients and maintain proper growth and disease free.

Thus ZBNF not only reduce the cost of cultivation but also increase the cropping intensity and maintain sustainable crop production of farming communities.