Cow Commission to push for business models for cow dung, urine products | India News

NEW DELHI: The ‘Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog’ (National Cow Commission), constituted by the Centre last year for conservation, protection and development of cows, will promote the use of multiple products of cow dung/urine as a business model so that more and more livestock farmers can join hands under a cooperative model to protect non-milk producing cattle in a sustainable manner and earn from it.
Generally, non-milk producing old cows are left by many farmers unattended as they can’t afford their food and shelter. This leads to the menace of stray cattle — both in cities and rural areas.
The Commission, which is also responsible for proper implementation of laws to prohibit cow slaughter, will handhold farmers and link them with markets/users of bio-gas, bio-pesticides, bio-fertilizers and different eco-friendly cow dung products.
“Our efforts to promote ‘Ganesha’ idols, made up of cow dung, during Ganesh puja recently was one of the steps in this direction. We have now set a target to use cow dung for making 11 crore ‘diya’ (lamp) for Diwali. Such moves will generate additional revenue and promote new kinds of cow entrepreneurs at villages,” said Vallabhbhai Kathiria, chairman of the Commission.
Speaking at a webinar on vision and mission of the Aayog, Kathiria on Tuesday also pitched for promoting cow tourism in the country and setting up University to teach exclusively on subjects relating to cows and protection of indigenous breeds of cattle in a scientific way.
“Our effort is to create a business model around it. It will not only create jobs in rural areas but also protect our environment through the use of eco-friendly products,” said the first chairman of the RKA while appealing youth to “return towards cows, return towards villages and return towards nature”.
The Aayog is a permanent apex advisory body with a mandate to help the central government to develop appropriate programmes for conservation, sustainable development and genetic up-gradation of Indigenous breeds of cows.
It also aims to promote improved technology and management practices at farmers’ doorstep through coordination with dairy cooperatives, farmer producer companies, dairy industry and research institutions.

[Source :Times of India]


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