The ability of a human being depends on his hard work and if he gets more benefit from less hard work and less resources then he gets a different identity. A similar identity has been created by women of Tipai’s Jai Mahamaya Women’s Self Help Group by making cow dung pot. Until now dung was used as manure.
With the foresight of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel, dung is now going to be used commercially. Now not only condoms from cow dung, but lamps, pottery and other things are also being made. The state government is preparing an action plan to buy cow dung for the prosperity of the village and the prosperity of the farmers. The Jai Mahamaya Women’s Self Help Group of Gram Panchayat Tipni in Bemetara district has started earning from cow dung pot. So far, women have earned Rs 18 thousand by selling 1200 pots. It costs 7 rupees to make a flowerpot and it is sold for 15 rupees. In this way a net earning of 9600 rupees. Women have already manufactured 1500 pots.
Dung, yellow soil, lime, sawdust, etc. are used as raw material in the manufacture of cow dung pot. The district administration is being motivated under the National Rural Livelihood Mission (Bihan) to make women in the district economically independent. The main advantage of making dumpling from dung is that it is durable as well as environmentally friendly and is used in place of plastic-polyethylene pot. If the flowerpot is damaged, it can be used as fertilizer. The most important use of cow dung pot is in the preparation of plantation or nursery of the plant, in which plants planted in dung pot can be planted directly on the ground.
Most of the minerals in the form of cow dung make the soil fertile. The main requirement of plants is nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium. These minerals are present in dung up to 0.3-0.4, 0.1-0.15 and 0.15-0.2 percent respectively. Different elements of cow dung bind soil particles due to contact with soil. It spreads the roots of the plants highly in the soil and makes the soil more fertile. In this way, the women of the group are making their important contribution to livelihood as well as environmental protection by making cow dung pot.