Using cow dung to produce 8000 cm/d

Vol 22, PW 11 (21 Mar 19) News in Brief

Earlier discarded as waste or used as cooking fuel, north Gujarat-based Banas Dairy is in talks with state owned refiners IndianOil, HPCL and BPCL to supply 8000 cm/d bio-gas generated from cow dung beginning mid-2020.

This report learns Asia's largest milk producer is planning to set up four 2000 cm/d capacity bio-gas plants at Ratnapura and Thavar villages, a semen station at Dama village and a milk chilling centre at Danta village for an estimated Rs32cr ($4.6m). "A ground-breaking ceremony was scheduled for March 11," Banas Dairy spokesman Rupsibhai Chauhan tells us.

"But because of Election Commission (Code of Conduct) guidelines we have put it off until (May) after (national) elections." Chauhan adds Banas Dairy is putting in place a system to collect 160,000 kg/day of cow dung needed to generate 8000 cm/d bought for Rs0.50 a kilo from 350,000 cow herders holding 2m head of cattle across the Banaskantha district.

"This will also bring in extra income for these cow herders," adds Chauhan. With production of 6m litres of milk a day, Banas Dairy is Asia's largest milk production company.