Express news service
RAIPUR: Disposable, unused cow dung purchased by the Chhattisgarh government from livestock owners and villagers has opened up employment opportunities and has the potential to boost the rural economy. Various products are being prepared in Gauthans (stable premises) and the state government will now develop them into rural industrial parks in different districts.
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel launched the mobile app ‘Gauthan Map’ (multi-activity and livelihood management) which will contain all the details on cow dung supply, gauthan’s work, group results support, the infrastructure and the database of these stables. across the state.
As part of the “Godhan Nyay Yojana” program launched last year, the state government buys cow dung at Rs 2 per kg. Of the 7,777 Gauthans, there are nearly 2,000 where women’s groups are involved in multi-activity.
In one Gauthan, massive vermicomposting fertilizers were diversified, creating useful product varieties from cow dung. Before Deepawali, hundreds of SHG women received orders to supply environmentally friendly diva lakhs (earthen lamps) in addition to other products made from cow dung to various cities across the country.
In addition to colorful Diwali diyas of various sizes, idols of Lord Ganesha and Goddess Lakshmi, mobile and candle holders, nameplates, sleepers, key chains, flowerpots, candy sticks, incense, Gulal herbs for the Holi festival, among others, are provided. in bulk in the markets. The process of making paints, pens, cement and bricks from cow dung has already started.
In addition to three types of vermicompost, various innovative products are produced using the added value of cow dung. Recently, a project to produce electricity from cow dung was inaugurated in various units in Gauthan.