Chhattisgarh govt plans to procure cattle urine at ₹4 per litre from farmers
The Chhattisgarh government is planning to procure cattle urine at ₹4 per litre from farmers and cattle owners, officials said on Friday. Officials said that a pilot project of the scheme will start in the next couple weeks in a few northern districts of the state. The state government is already procuring cow dung from breeders and farmers in a push to make cattle rearing economically profitable.
In February 2022, the state government had decided to procure cattle urine in the same manner as cow dung.
Subsequently, a committee was formed to decide the method of procurement and research on the whole scheme.
“A proposal has been made by the committee and it will be put before the Chief Minister soon. The committee has decided to procure cattle urine at the rate of ₹4 per litre and approval from the CM will be taken,” said Pradeep Sharma, adviser to chief minister Bhupesh Baghel. He said cattle urine will be procured through Gram Gauthan Samiti and fortnightly payments will be given to cattle owners.
“The gauthans which will demand first will be given priority for the procurement scheme,” said Sharma.
The government is planning to launch the scheme on occasion of the local festival Hereli on July 28, another government official said on condition of anonymity.
On June 25, 2020, Baghel launched ‘Gaudhan Nyay Yojana’ claiming that there has been a tradition of open grazing in the state of Chhattisgarh, which results in loss of crops.
The government said that the stray cattle in cities cause road accidents, loss of life and property and the cows are abandoned after they stop giving milk and hence to make cow rearing a profitable business, they decided to procure cow dung from farmers and cattle owners.
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