Do you know what dung-cake is? Now
a days it can be seen on e commerce website. it is good to have trending demand
of dung cake which find its place on commercial website like flipchart, amazon
etc. Cow dung and dung cake is being used in India since long as it has various
cultural as well as scientific relevance in terms of its usage.
India is known for its agriculturally based economy where majority of the population has dependency on farming and cultivation. It also includes dairy farming or livestock farming. The combination of word bread and butter can be correlated from the fact that, by practicing farming one can earn bread where as by livestock they can add butter as well. These practices are very common in Indian agriculture where all the direct product like cereals and by products like cow dung is utilized for daily usage.
In this blog we will focus our discussion on usage of Cow dung only.
What is Cow Dung?
Cowdung is a waste product of bovine animals usually it is a combination of soiled bedding and urine. It is an organic product which has a mild plant like fragrance. It has usage in various day to day activities, we have highlighted few of them in below sections
As Organic Fertilizer or Manure
Cowdung is cheaper and environmentally
friendly Organic Manure which can be added to soil to increase nitrogen
fixation capacity. The Cowdung has three main nutrients- 11 percent nitrogen,
10 percent potassium, 4 percent phosphorous. Amongst which nitrogen is the most
important for plants growth. The dung needs to be (compost) which means to rot
first to be free from dangerous bacteria, seeds and weeds, ammonia which all
disrupt the growth of plants.
- Gobar Gas
Gobar gas is also known as “Bio
gas”. Its main components are animal dung along with some other organic matter
like dead remains of plants and animals. It consists of 55 – 70% of methane
which is highly inflammable. In villages it is used for cooking, electricity
generating and other purposes. Usually it is produced by the anaerobic
digestion or fermentation of biodegradable materials such as cow dung, green
waste, plant material, and crops.
- Mud pots using
Cowdung is also used in making
pots which has no harm as the regular pots which are very slow in the
absorption of water which therefore sustains leaching of nutrients. The dung
pots are binded with other natural ingredients thus causing resistant to pests.
The dung is also used in making soaps which in turn defends various skin
diseases; leprosy, acne, pimples and many more. It can be considered as a non-organic
soap for ablutions.
- Dung and Mud
Have you seen ayurvedic clinic
now a days or farm house where they make you feel like you are in village? They create an ambience of village where you
can find huts made up of mud walls and floors specifically produced using the mud
coated with cow dung. These structures are very common in villages across the
country as people are still using mud wall for making their home. Now a day's
rapid urbanisation and change in housing pattern results in conversion of mud
wall with bricks. Floor and walls are coated using solution of dung and mud which
in in turn prevents the transmission of atmospheric heat inside the house results
in cool temperature inside.
- Dung Cake
In India the dung cakes are burnt
in a huge amount on the festival of “Holi”. The gas emitted purifies the air
making it nonbacterial, thus saving us from many diseases. The making of the
dung pots further employs many in the rural areas. Dung cake is being used in various
mythological activities such as fire sacrifices (Hawan) and in various
ceremonial activities. It is believed that the burning the dung cake creates a
pure and healthy atmosphere. The scientific view is that the microbes available
in air may be reduced due to smoke produce due to burning of dung cakes.
Dung Cakes and various other products such as manure, mud pots etc are now available online for sale. Various websites can be referred for online purchase such as www.amazon.in www.indiamart.com www.gaurashtra.com www.shopclues.com www.rewasaran.com