1. Animal Husbandry

Selling Cow Urine, at a price higher than milk

Chander Mohan
Chander Mohan

World is progressing very fast. The new developments in the form of the medicines and the fertilizers to help the farming community are also enriching the knowledge on one side and on the other hand the health of the human beings as well as the farming is also improving with the traditional knowledge.

World scientists are also coming out with the developments based on Indian Ved-Purans and Upnishads. The modern society is also started recognizing the benefits of the traditional knowledge. Traditional farming with the modern knowledge and considering the Cow as the mother is now understandable to all concerned.

Dairy Farmers in Rajasthan  are doubling the income by selling milk and urine of the cows simultaneously. It's not just milk, cow urine, too, is bringing in a revenue stream for dairy farmers in Rajasthan now the demand is such that farmers are selling urine of high breed cows such as Gir and Thar parkar, at Rs.15- Rs.30 per litre in the wholesale market, while a litre of cow milk fetches them a price between Rs.22 and Rs.25.

Kailesh Gujjar, from Jaipur, has started selling cow urine to people who are into organic farming. He says his earnings have increased by at least 30 percent  after he started selling cow urine, apart from milk.

Cow urine is used as an alternative to pesticides by organic farmers. People use cow urine for medicinal purposes and in rituals. Gujjar's change in fortune comes at a price though. He says he has to stay awake at night to keep a watch on cows to ensure that urine doesn't fall on the ground. "Cow is our mother, so I don't mind staying awake. Also, my income has increased," says Gujjar, who has been selling milk since the last two decades.

The Government-run Maharana Pratap University of Agriculture and Technology in Udaipur uses 300-500 litres of cow urine every month in its organic farming project. Every month, the university purchases cow urine worth Rs.15,000-Rs.20,000.

Om Prakash Meena, a milk trader, has started buying cow urine from a Gir cowshed in Jaipur. "I sell one litre of cow urine between Rs.30 and Rs.50. The demand for urine is high among organic farmers who use it as an alternative to pesticides. "Many people use cow urine in rituals like 'yagna' and 'panchgavyam' during 'janaau' ceremony," he adds.

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