Cow dung in the state of Chattisgarh in India may fetch you Rs 1.5 for a kilogram. The Chattisgarh government announced that they would procure cow dung from July 20 as part of the ‘Gaudhan Nyay Yojana’.
The ‘Gaudhan Nyay Yojana’ was launched on June 25, aimed at turning the animal husbandry into a commercially profitable for livestock owners. The rate was fixed by a committee headed by Agriculture Minister Ravindra Chaubey.
The Gauthan Samiti, Which manages cattle shed enclosures, and the Self Help Groups (SHGs) nominated by the Samiti would procure cow dung from the farmers. Almost all the gram panchayat has a Gauthan Samiti. The samithi members will collect cow dung by going door to door and the payment will be made on every 15 days, a release said.
Chief Minister said that cows are abandoned after they stop giving milk. “So as to make cow rearing a profitable business, the government has decided to procure cow dung from farmers and cattle owners.”
The government has also given direction to the urban department to make arrangements to prevent stray animals from roaming in the cities. The department will be responsible for purchasing cow dung and production of vermicompost in the urban regions.
The Chief Minister said that the scheme would boost the rural economy. It would also generate scope of employment in rural areas, he added.
It is estimated that around 1.10 crore cattle are there in Chhattisgarh and over four thousand tons of cow-dung are likely to be purchased daily. The government officials said that Gauthan Samiti and SHGs would be trained on collection cow-dung and converting it into vermicompost and other outputs under the ‘Gaudhan Nyay Yojana’.
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