Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) Minister and the Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday launched ‘Khadi Prakartik’- India’s first-of-its-kind paint made out of Cow Dung. The paint is said to be an eco-friendly and non-toxic wall paint with antifungal, antibacterial properties, which was conceptualised by Chairman Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) in March 2020, and later developed by Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute, Jaipur (a KVIC unit).
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Based on cow dung as its main ingredient, the paint is odourless and affordable and has been certified by Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Three reputed National Laboratories- Shri Ram Institute for Industrial Research (New Delhi), National Test House (Mumbai) and National Test House (Ghaziabad ) have tested the paint.
The paint is available in two forms- plastic emulsion paint and distemper paint. One can purchase the distemper paint at only Rs. 120 per litre while plastic emulsion costs Rs. 225 per litre. The paint will be professionally marketed and the plan is to take it to all corners of the country.
The paint does not contain any kind of heavy metals such as lead, chromium, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and others.
“Initiatives such as KVIC paint could lead to 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' and arrest the exodus of rural population towards cities. At the same time, it will strengthen the rural economy and protect cows,” Gadkari said.
The plan with launching this paint is to promote local manufacturing and to create sustainable local employment through technology transfer. The innovative technology will increase the use of cow dung as a raw material for creating eco-friendly products. Apart from this,the product is said to generate additional revenue of Rs 30,000 (approx) per annum per animal to farmers and gaushalas. Moreover, consumption of cow dung also helps in cleaning the environment and stops drains from clogging.
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