Paint from cow-dung launched in India !!

(Pic credit: KVIC)

India’s first cow dung paint, an innovation developed by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission, was launched on Wednesday, January 12, 2021 at New Delhi. Named as ‘Khadi Prakritik Paint’, it is an eco-friendly, non-toxic paint, a first-of-its-kind product, that is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties. As the name suggests, cow dung is its main ingredient yet odourless, and the paint is cost-effective.

‘Khadi Prakritik Paint’ is available as distemper paint as well as plastic emulsion paint. The project was conceptualized by the chairman of KVIC in March 2020, and developed by Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute, Jaipur (a KVIC unit), a government release said.

The paint is free from heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, cadmium and others. It will be a boost to local manufacturing and will create sustainable local employment through technology transfer. This technology will increase consumption of cow dung as a raw material for eco-friendly products and will generate additional revenue to farmers and gaushalas. Utilization of cow dung will also clean the environment and prevent clogging of drains.

Khadi Prakritik Distemper & Emulsion Paints have been tested at three reputed National Laboratories: National Test House, Mumbai; Shri Ram Institute for Industrial Research, New Delhi and the National Test House, Ghaziabad.

Certified by Bureau of Indian Standards, Khadi Prakritik Emulsion paint meets BIS 15489:2013 standards; whereas Khadi Prakritik Distemper paint meets BIS 428:2013 standards. 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 4 hours and has a smooth and uniform finish. The paint can be applied on 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.

Speaking at the launch function, Nitin Gadkari, India’s Minister for Road Transport & Highways & Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), said the step is aligned with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of increasing farmers’ income. The step, he said, is part of an effort to improve the rural economy to such an extent that reverse migration begins from the cities to rural areas.

Pointing out that the paint is priced at only Rs 120 per litre for the distemper, and Rs 225 per litre for the emulsion, he said this is less than half the price charged by big paint companies. Stressing that the role of the government is only that of a facilitator, he said the paint will be marketed in a professional manner, and taken to all corners of the country.

Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry & Dairying, Giriraj Singh, Minister of State for MSME, Pratap Chandra Sarangi and chairman KVIC Vinai Kumar Saxena were also present.

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