The Chhattisgarh government has taken an innovative step by establishing 49 units in various districts of the state to manufacture paint from cow dung. This unique initiative has already resulted in the production of 2 lakh litres of natural paint, benefiting both the environment and the local community.
As a token of appreciation for their hard work, the government has given ₹2.5 crores to 2,000 women who are actively involved in self-help groups associated with this project.
This step is a part of the Godhan Nyaya Yojana, a comprehensive program aimed at promoting livestock conservation and empowering women through self-employment opportunities. The state government has further proposed the establishment of an additional 95 natural paint manufacturing units, emphasizing its commitment to sustainable practices and supporting rural industries.
According to officials, the Chhattisgarh government launched the Godhan Nyaya Yojana in 2019 with the objective of conserving livestock resources. The program evolved over time, transforming cowsheds into rural industrial parks across the state. Among the range of income-generating activities undertaken in these cowsheds, the production of natural paint from cow dung has emerged as a remarkable and environmentally friendly innovation.
Pradeep Sharma, the advisor to Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, highlighted the significance of this endeavor, stating, “Under the Mahatma Gandhi Rural Industrial Park Scheme, various activities are being conducted in the cowsheds Among various income-generating activities, the production of natural paint from cow dung has emerged as a great innovation.”
In recognition of their efforts, the Chhattisgarh Environment Conservation Board (CECB) secured a spot in the Limca Book of World Records on World Environment Day for creating the “Largest Painting Made with Cow Dung Paint.” The painting, measuring an impressive 3,600 square feet, showcased the creative potential of this eco-friendly paint.
The establishment of these cow dung paint units has provided new avenues for self-employment, particularly for women, enabling them to attain economic stability for themselves and their families. Formerly engaged in producing vermicompost from cow dung in the cowshed, these women have successfully transitioned into entrepreneurs by manufacturing paint from cow dung. Currently, each manufacturing unit is capable of producing approximately 200 litres of natural paint per day.
The cow dung undergoes a refining process in mixing tanks before being transformed into distemper and emulsion products. The natural paint is then packaged in cans of 1, 4, 10, and 20 litres, with a price tag of ₹150 per litre.
With the proposal to construct an additional 95 natural paint manufacturing units, the Chhattisgarh government continues to prioritize sustainable practices and empower local communities through innovative and environmentally conscious initiatives.