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What is the News?
The Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying have handed over a cow dung log machine named “Go Kasht” to Project Arth and ENACTUS IIT Delhi students.
What is Go Kasht?
Go Kasht is a cow dung log machine. The machine is used to manufacture cow dung-based fuelwood in a long log-like shape.
How does the machine work?
A mixture of cow dung and cattle waste (like dried waste paddy) is inserted into the inlet(hopper) of this machine.
The machine then breaks it down, mixes it, and compresses the mixture in the shape of a log.
This log is then sun-dried and can be later used as fuelwood in various situations.
What are the benefits of this machine?
Firstly, this machine can process 3000 kg of cow dung every day to produce 1500 kg of cow dung-based logs that can be used as firewood for the cremation of 5-7 bodies, saving roughly 2 trees in each cremation.
Secondly, it can help gaushala to cater to their waste management problems, provide an additional source of employment to its employees or nearby villagers and contribute to reducing deforestation.
Thirdly, it also helps to engage the non-milking cows in an economical activity, generating funds to support all the cows in a gaushala.
Source: The post is based on the article “Union Minister for Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying hands over a “Go Kasht” machine to Project Arth and ENACTUS IIT Delhi students” published in PIB on 6th May 2022