09:34 GMT23 January 2021
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    Cow dung is considered to be rich in minerals and environmentally friendly, which is why it is used to make soaps, candles, and oil lamps that have successfully infiltrated the Indian market. In rural areas of the country, cow dung is used to coat the floors and walls of people’s houses to make them insect-free.

    The Indian government on Tuesday launched a one-of-a-kind eco-friendly "Khadi Prakritik Paint", which has cow dung as its main ingredient.

    Launched by Nitin Gadkari, the federal minister for micro, small and medium enterprises, this non-toxic paint is known for its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, which make it odourless and free from heavy metals.

    "Khadi Prakritik Paint is available in two forms—distemper paint and plastic emulsion paint. The paint, with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, is free from heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, and cadmium", an official statement reads.

    Manufactured by the local government-owned Khadi and Village Industries Commission, the main aim for launching this product is to strengthen the rural economy by supporting and creating additional revenue for livestock farmers.

    "Production of Khadi Prakritik Paint is aligned with the prime minister Narendra Modi's vision of increasing farmers' income. This technology will increase the consumption of cow dung as a raw material for eco-friendly products and will generate additional revenue for livestock farmers. This is estimated to generate additional income of INR 30,000 ($408) per annum to livestock farmers", the statement reads.

    It is believed that with a cow dung coating on walls, dangerous creatures like scorpions, centipedes, and lizards won't infest houses.

    Cows are sacred to Hindus and their protection is a major pledge of the federally governing BJP party of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.


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