60% financing for cow dung, new urine companies

AHMEDABAD: Start-ups focused on marketing cow by-products such as manure and urine, in addition to dairy products, could receive up to 60% of their initial investment as government funds, the president of the newly established Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog has said.

We will encourage young people to start cow-based ventures and win not only with products such as milk and ghee , but also by-products such as urine and manure that can be used for medicinal and agricultural purposes, Vallabh Kathiria, president of the cow board, told TOI.

Kathiria has been meeting with academics and interacting with students from the Business Development Institute of India, based in Gandhinagar, to draw up strategies to attract young people who aspire to be entrepreneurs towards cow-based business models.

The kamdhenu aayog, created by the Narendra Modi The government in February, with an initial corpus of Rs 500 million, aims to be the engine of growth for these new businesses. Kathiria said the marketing of urine and cow dung would encourage people not to rule out cows that have stopped giving milk.

We will also encourage research on the medicinal value of cow by-products. The board will provide a platform for academics and researchers to project their research on these by-products. We will also carry out training programs and skills development camps for people who are already running gaushalas, he added.

The board president had previously announced plans to promote a cow tourism circuit.

The route will cross areas where breeds of indigenous cows are raised. We have identified states such as Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala and Goa for this circuit, Kathiria said.