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Category : Agri Device/Farm Machineries/Food Processing
 
Innovation Title : Eco friendly cow dung pot for nursery (grassroots green technology )
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Name : Shri Gopalbhai Surtia
District : Vadodara
State : Gujarat
 
 
About Innovator :

Shri Gopalbhai Surtia, a grassroots innovator from Gujarat (India) came up with an innovative idea of making cow dung cups for nurseries to grow saplings. The innovation lies in the idea and achieving optimum combination of mixers of cow dung and other natural binders used to make it sturdy and resistant to pest. It is easy to manufacture and an environment friendly product. As an added bonus, it provides employment in rural areas, factors that make it sustainable and scalable within favorable geographies.

Description :

In nurseries, conventionally plastic bags are used to grow the plant saplings. There are many disadvantages associated with the plastic bags like not being bio-degradable, having nil porosity, and hence not being eco friendly. Moreover, after germination, the bag has to be torn off to facilitate root growth and in case the bag is not torn properly the plant gets damaged.

Innovator has developed eco friendly pot by using cow dung and agriculture waste, which is completely biodegradable. The innovation lies in the idea and achieving optimum combination of mixers of cow dung and other natural binders used to make it sturdy and resistant to pest.

As an added bonus, it provides employment in rural areas, factors that make it sustainable and scalable within favorable geographies.

  The innovator has used animal manure normally called as Cow dung and wheat floor (in the ration of 20:1 Kg) and agriculture waste (residue of harvested produce like wheat husk etc) as a basic raw material to prepare the pot. To protect the pot from pest attack (like termite) spoiled bajara flour or powder or shells of castor leaf or neem leaf can be added in the mixture. Spoiled bajara flour or castor leaf or neem leaf are having insecticidal properties which prevents termite attack. After keeping the mixture for nearly one hour, it is molded in the defined shape followed by sun drying.

Salient Features :
  • It is bio-degradable, fertile and the manufacturing process does not cause pollution
  • Water absorption rate by the pot is very slow and therefore prevents leaching of nutrients
  • The growth of the plant is faster in cow dung pot than other / normal pots.
  • This can be also used for sowing costly seeds directly in the field to get maximum germination and growth of the plants / saplings.
     
  • Employment generation through local manufacturing and sourcing of these cow dung cups.
Advantages :
  • It is bio-degradable, is fertile and the manufacturing process does not cause pollution. 
  • Water absorption rate by the pot is very slow and therefore prevents leaching of nutrients 
  • The growth of the plant is faster in cow dung pot than other / normal pots.
  • This can be also used for sowing costly seeds directly in the field to get maximum germination and growth of the plants / saplings.
     
MRP : Rs.20 /-