Chief Minister gave instructions to constitute a technical committee to consider various aspects in this regard
The technical committee will give its recommendation in 15 days regarding collection of cow urine, its quality testing, and products made from cow urine
Instructions to prepare an action plan for the establishment of at least 4 rural industrial parks in each development block
Potential mapping will be done soon for locally available raw materials and products made using them in different districts
Effective marketing strategies to be used for finished products manufactured in Gauthans
Vermi-compost will also be made available for sale in cities
Officials concerned instructed to visit Gauthans
Raipur, March 31
After the purchase of cow dung, Chhattisgarh Government is now chalking out plan to procure cow urine. Detailed discussions were held in this regard in a meeting held under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel at his residence office here on Wednesday. The Chief Minister directed to constitute a technical committee to study various aspects of purchase of cow urine. Experts from Indira Gandhi Agricultural University and Kamdhenu University will also be included in this committee. Directions have been given by the Chief Minister to submit the report in 15 days after the formation of this committee. This technical committee will give its recommendations regarding the collection of cow urine, its quality testing, and products prepared from cow urine.
In the meeting, Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel asked to complete the work of potential mapping for locally available raw materials in different districts and products made from them within 15 days. This is being done for the establishment of Mahatma Gandhi Rural Industrial Park to be developed in the state-run Gauthan. It is worth mentioning that processing units will be established in Rural Industrial Park for value addition of local food products and Minor Forest Produce. For this, a provision of Rs 600 crore has been made in the state budget for the year 2022-23. With this amount, necessary infrastructure, facilities for electricity, water and processing units will be developed in the Rural Industrial Park.
The Chief Minister further said that an action plan should be prepared to develop at least four rural industrial parks in each development block, keeping in view availability of raw materials at the local level. He said that cultivation of Mahua, Tamarind, and Tikhur is done in Bijapur, Dantewada and Kondagaon districts and the districts also have availability of variety of Minor Forest Produce, processing units of the same should be established accordingly. Similarly, processing units for herbal medicines should be established in Gauthans from Korba to Surguja while units for manufacturing Kosa garments should be established in Korba, Janjgir-Champa, and Bastar. He also directed to make arrangements for electricity, water, working space and training rooms in rural industrial parks. He asked the officials concerned to make arrangements for effective marketing of the products manufactured in Rural Industrial Park besides ensuring that it is of high-quality. Manufacturing of products should be done as per demand for its easy consumption.
While reviewing the various activities conducted in the Gauthans, Chief Minister Mr. Baghel said that the officers should visit the Gauthans and inspect the activities conducted there and ensure their smooth operation. The Chief Minister also directed to make use of wall writing and distribute handbills in villages to inform locals about the benefits of vermi-compost. He directed to make available the vermicompost being prepared in Gauthans in the cities for sale.
The meeting was informed that bio-fertilizers and bio-insecticides are prepared from cow urine. Cow urine also contains many minerals and enzymes including urea. Cow urine when used as a fertilizer increases absorption of micronutrients nitrogen, phosphorus and potash. It helps in boosting plant growth and control crop diseases. It was also informed in the meeting that the number of cattle and buffalo in the state is more than 111 lakhs. On an average, 7 liters of cow urine is excreted per animal per day. Farmer representatives present in the meeting including Mr. Rohit Sahu of Village Achanakpur in Patan block, Mr. Govardhan Sahu, Mr. Ram Gaushala Aandu of Bemetara and Mr. Tilak Sao of Mahasamund shared their experiences regarding the use of cow urine.
Mr. Pradeep Sharma, Advisor to the Chief Minister, Chief Secretary Mr. Amitabh Jain, Additional Chief Secretary Mr. Subrat Sahoo, Agriculture Production Commissioner Dr. Kamal Preet Singh, Vice Chancellor of Indira Gandhi Agricultural University Dr. Girish Chandel, Dau Shri Vasudev Chandrakar Kamdhenu University Durg Vice Chancellor Dr NP Dakshinkar, Director (Agriculture) Mr. Yashwant Kumar, Director (Livestock) Smt. Chandan Sanjay Tripathi, Director (Horticulture) Mr. Matheswaran V., Deputy Secretary to the Chief Minister Smt. Soumya Chaurasia, along with many farmers’ representatives and officials concerned were present in the meeting.