While presenting the 2019 Budget speech, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman made an emphatic reference to Zero Budget farming.
According to UN’s FAO, Zero Budget farming is a set of farming methods that involve zero credit for agriculture and uses no chemical fertilisers. In India, the concept took birth in Karnataka as a pioneering effort of agriculturist Subhash Palekar and then spread to other states.
Interestingly, organic farming was the topic of discussion at the Chef’s Knowledge Exchange during our just concluded 37th edition of Express Food & Hospitality Expo in Bengaluru. Leading chefs of the Garden City including renowned Chef Abhijit Saha affirmed that chefs have a moral responsibility in spreading awareness about organic foods and going back to the basics. As always, Express Food & Hospitality has chosen to discuss issues that are the need of the hour and require government intervention.
The initiative to develop 17 iconic tourism sites into world class tourist destinations will also provide a major fillip to hospitality players as travellers need accommodation. However, the industry’s angst regarding GST still remains unresolved and so does its long demanded industry status. Budgets have come and gone, but this industry which is one of the largest employment generators, is sadly yet to find its place in the sun.