Gaushala Economy: Stray cattle had become a big election issue during the recent Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. There was a big talk of farmers ruining their crops, and farmers staying awake all night to guard their fields from these free animals. Sensing the pain of farmers in Bahraich, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had made a big promise to get rid of the animals after 10 March while addressing the election meeting. PM Modi said that we are taking seriously the problems being faced by the farmers of UP due to free animals.
Now NITI Aayog, whose chairman is PM Modi himself, has started working in the direction of free animals. NITI Aayog is preparing a roadmap to address various issues related to commercial use of cow dung and stray animals becoming a burden for farmers. Giving information about this, NITI Aayog member Ramesh Chand said that we are keen to improve the cowshed economy.
NITI Aayog has also asked the Economic Research Institute (NCAER) to get commercial benefits from Gaushalas and prepare a report on its economics. Ramesh Chand said that, we are only seeing what are the possibilities of improvement in the cowshed economy. We are looking at the possibility whether we can create some value or add value from the by-products i.e. cow dung from the cowshed.
A team of government officials led by Ramesh Chand has visited large gaushalas in Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh), Rajasthan and other parts of India and assessed their condition. He said 10 or 15 per cent of cows give a small amount of milk but this is not enough to meet the cost of labour, feed and treatment.
Chand, who oversees agriculture policies in NITI Aayog, said cow dung can be used to make bio-CNG, so we are looking at such possibilities. He said, instead of harming the environment, we will use it in the form of energy which will benefit.
Significantly, during the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the problem of stray animals abandoned by their owners had become a big election issue. then prime minister Narendra Modi He promised to find a solution to this problem. According to Ramesh Chand, leaving unwanted cattle in the open is harmful to the crops, so we are working on the cowshed economy.