India’s first eco-friendly cow dung paint

An Eco-friendly paint with anti-bacterial properties was launched by the Khadi and Village Industries Commission on January 12. Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises launched the paint.

The Khadi Prakritik Paint has been described as ‘India’s first cow dung paint’ by KVIC. It is budget friendly, odourless and certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards.

An official statement on January 11 said, “Khadi Prakritik Paint is available in two forms—distemper paint and plastic emulsion paint. Production of Khadi Prakritik Paint is aligned with the prime minister’s vision of increasing farmers’ income”.

The paint is free from heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, cadmium and comes with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

“This technology will increase the consumption of cow dung as a raw material for eco-friendly products and will generate additional revenue to farmers and gaushalas. This is estimated to generate additional income of Rs 30,000 (approximately) per annum per animal to farmers/gaushalas,” the statement added.