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Project Arth & ENACTUS IIT Delhi Students Receives "Go Kasht" Machine To Address Waste Management in Gaushala

The use of a cow dung-based log machine can assist Gaushala in addressing their waste management issues, providing an additional source of employment to its employees or nearby villagers, and contributing to the reduction of deforestation.

Shivam Dwivedi
Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairy, handed over a cow dung log machine to IIT Delhi Students
Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairy, handed over a cow dung log machine to IIT Delhi Students

Today, Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry, and Dairy, handed over a cow dung log machine, known as the "Go Kasht," to Project Arth and ENACTUS IIT Delhi students. Cow dung log machine is used to produce long log-like pieces of cow dung-based fuel wood.

This machine's inlet (hopper) is filled with a mixture of cow dung and cattle waste (similar to dried waste paddy). The machine then breaks it down, mixes it, and compresses the mixture into the shape of a log. This log is then sun-dried and can be used as fuelwood in a variety of situations.

This machine can process 3000 kg of cow dung per day, resulting in 1500 kg of cow dung-based logs that can be used as firewood for the cremation of 5-7 bodies, saving approximately 2 trees per cremation. That means it can assist the gaushala in clearing approximately 150,000 to 170,000 kg of cow dung each month.

The use of a cow dung-based log machine can assist Gaushala in addressing their waste management issues, providing an additional source of employment to its employees or nearby villagers, and contributing to the reduction of deforestation.

It also assists in involving non-milking cows in a profitable activity, generating funds to support all of the cows in a gaushala.

A mixture of dung and straw (or any other agro waste/harvested crop residues) is fed into the machine's hopper. The machine has a screw mechanism that aids in thoroughly mixing raw materials, compressing them, and extruding them.

We can make logs of various sizes and shapes by using different die sizes. The logs are then exposed to sunlight to dry out the moisture inside them, making them hard and sturdy like wood. This machine can prepare one kilogram of wood in 15 seconds and will cost between Rs 600 and 700 per quintal. A large number of trees are cut down to provide wood for funerals, which harms the environment and adds to pollution.

Cow dung wood is extremely beneficial because it is environmentally friendly. This wood will be used for Havan, Yagya-Pooja texts, rituals, and other purposes. Youth will also have access to job opportunities. In addition, you can make a good living by creating other products from cow dung, such as sculptures, face packs, and medicines.

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