All about Gaushala Economy

All about Gaushala Economy

Team Ambitiousbaba are here with a Current Affairs Special Series. In this series, candidates will be introduced to current affairs topics daily, which will not only improve their general awareness but also will ensure that the candidates do not lack in any current affairs topic. Today’s Current Affairs topic is “All about Gaushala Economy

The Niti Aayog is working on a road map to build the ‘gaushala (cow shelter) economy’ which will be enable in commercial use of cow urine and cow dung for multiple purposes in India and at abroad also.

What is the idea behind it?

  • The purpose is making gaushalas economically executable. It is vast potential for use of cow urine and cow dung in natural farming with a main focus on natural farming.
  • A team of government officials under Niti Aayog member Ramesh Chand has been visiting big gaushalas in Vrindavan, Rajasthan and other parts of India to assess their condition.
  • The report which will be outlining the economic potential of cattle and the measures needed to tackle the gaushala economy will be published soon.

Benefits:

  • As we know Indian cattle turn unproductive assets as their milk output is reduced or null. With the help of this Gaushala economy which aims on other products from the cattle, it can continue to be a revenue generator for the gaushalas and as well as for the country.
  • It will create infrastructure which helpful to people who has cattle as their unproductive asset and also for animals to be loved and cared.
  • It will also be helpful for its usage as fertilizer. It is also in demand in sectors like pharmaceuticals and herbal products because of cow urine.
  • Cow dung can be converted into gaukasth or logs made of cow dung which can also be used in crematoriums.

Leading State:

Madhya Pradesh is the leading state in the country by incentivizing farmers to rear cattle and undertake natural farming. The state has also built up cow sanctuaries and shelters to take proper care of its cattle and the models could be repeated across India.

Data:
As per the official data of the National Dairy Development Board, India had 192.5 million cattle in 2019 and 109.9 million buffaloes, taking the total bovine population to 302.3 million. According to Statista’s report the numbers grew to more than 305 million in 2021 which is the highest in the world, with the global cattle population at 996 million.

Question & Answer:

Q1. Which organisation or ministry is working to develop ‘Gaushala Economy’ in the country?

Ans. NITI Aayog

Q2. Which state is the leading state in the country by incentivizing farmers to rear cattle and undertake natural farming?
Ans. Madhya Pradesh

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