Cashing in on cow dung
GUESS WHAT? Cow dung makes good business sense. If you are not convinced, take a ride to the Biotech Park in the city. A small entrepreneur operating out of the Biotech Park is providing scores of dairy and other farmers with a chance to sell cow dung for his venture to make bio-fertilisers in the city.Updated: Jun 09, 2006 01:11 IST
GUESS WHAT? Cow dung makes good business sense. If you are not convinced, take a ride to the Biotech Park in the city.
A small entrepreneur operating out of the Biotech Park is providing scores of dairy and other farmers with a chance to sell cow dung for his venture to make bio-fertilisers in the city.
“We have made shallow pits in certain areas of the Biotech Park, where cow dung is buried in the soil for at least four weeks for an elaborate “vermi composting” process for manufacturing bio-fertilisers,” said Saurabh Mishra, chief executive officer (CEO) of “next-gen”, a bio-fertilisers and aroma products company.
He said the company’s bio-fertilisers venture was still in the pilot stage. At present, 1,000 kg of fertiliser is being manufactured at the Biotech Park with encouraging results.
“We have a number of nurseries around Lucknow which are being supplied with high quality bio-fertilisers made through a vermi composting process. The bright colours of flowers are the immediate result of nurseries experimenting with bio-fertilisers,” Mishra said. “We are still perfecting the ‘vermi composting process’ at the Biotech Park. Within the next six months , the supply of bio-fertilisers will be scaled up to commercial levels with horticulture and floriculture units in and around the city as buyers of bio-fertilisers,” he said.
Biotech Park (Lucknow) CEO Dr P K Seth said that the vegetables grown using certified bio-fertilisers had a longer shelf life.
“The current experiment with vermi composting at the Biotech Park in Lucknow will take it to the next level of certifying global quality bio-fertilisers, as soon as more buyers approach us for using organic methods of cultivation,” he said.Dr Seth said the quality of bio-fertilisers depended on the quality of “vermi” being used by the entrepreneurs at their units.
“A lot of agro-based activity to be taken up at the Biotech Park in Lucknow in the near future will involve the use of bio-fertilisers,” he added.