New Delhi (NVI): Union Minister Nitin Gadkari today launched Khadi Prakritik Paint – India’s first cow dung paint – developed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC).
The eco-friendly, non-toxic paint, is a first-of-its-kind product, with anti-fungal, anti-bacterial properties.
Furthermore, based on cow dung as its main ingredient, the paint is cost-effective and odorless and has been certified by Bureau of Indian Standards.
Speaking at the launch function, the Minister said the step is aligned with the Prime Minister’s vision of increasing farmers’ income. The step, he said, is part of an effort to improve the rural economy to such an extent that reverse migration begins from the cities to rural areas.
Pointing out that the paint is priced at only Rs 120 per litre for the distemper and Rs 225 per litre for the emulsion, he said this is less than half the price charged by big paint companies.
The project was conceptualized by Chairman KVIC in March 2020, and later developed by Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute, Jaipur (a KVIC unit).
In addition to this, the paint is free from heavy metals like lead, mercury, chromium, arsenic, cadmium and others. It will be a boost to local manufacturing and will create sustainable local employment through technology transfer.