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What is it?

The ‘Khadi Prakritik Paint’ is a first-of-its-kind product which is being touted as eco-friendly and non-toxic, with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. With actual cow dung as its main ingredient, the paint is said to be cost-effective and also odourless. It has also been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards.

Khadi Prakritik Paint will be available in two forms — distemper and plastic emulsion.

Speaking at the launch event, Gadkari said “the step is aligned with the Prime Minister’s vision of increasing farmers’ income”, and that it is “part of an effort to improve the rural economy to such an extent that reverse migration begins from the cities to rural areas”.

The paint is priced at Rs 120 per litre for the distemper and Rs 225 per litre for the emulsion.

According to PIB, the paints have been tested at three national laboratories: National Test House, Mumbai; Shri Ram Institute for Industrial Research, New Delhi and National Test House, Ghaziabad.

“The paint has successfully passed various test parameters such as application of paint, thinning properties, drying time, and finish, among others. It dries in less than four hours, and has a smooth and uniform finish. The paint can be applied on the interior as well as exterior walls. Both distemper and emulsion paints are available in white base colour, and it can be developed in any color by suitably mixing colorants,” the PIB statement said.

But, this is not the first time cow refuse has been used to manufacture an everyday product. Incense sticks made of cow dung are already available in the market. In 2015, an Allahabad-based ‘gaushala’ had developed a natural disinfectant from cow urine. It was called ‘Gauashish Phenyl’ in Allahabad and surrounding districts, with the same ‘anti-microbial and anti-fungal properties’ purportedly synonymous with cow waste and neem.

In October 2019, Gadkari had launched cow dung soaps made by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission.

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