Gaushala literally means the home for cows and is meant to rescue, shelter, protect, feed, treat and rehabilitate weak, sick, injured, handicapped and abandoned homeless cattle. These are the institutions of India’s great cultural heritage giving a concrete example of India’s reverence and affection for animals, particularly for cows.
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Key features of these projects for holistic development of Gaushalas as a business model
Self-reliant local energy generation from cow dung (biogas for cooking, lighting and electricity generation)
Production of organic manure via vermi-compost unit and encouraging shifting from chemical agriculture towards organic agriculture.
Panchgavya production unit for local health care along with increasing fertility of soil.
Supply of cow milk and its products after value addition and prevention of malnutrition in the area.
Production of renewable electricity source from bull/oxen power.
These five freedoms can act as a checklist of ideal conditions by which we can assess the strength and weakness of any Gaushala and work on their improvement. The problem is that Gaushalas are run like charities and exist mainly on random donations. Also, cattle are seen only as productive when they produce milk. However, if a Gaushala were to be a thriving business on its own, doing good and making money this will help the cows and change the perspective of people and policymakers who see dry cattle as a nuisance and simply as charity cases due to religion. A dry cow is an extremely useful resource just for its dung and urine, and the existence of a good efficient Gaushala boosts the fertility of the land, increases crop yields and makes farming more lucrative and healthier by removing the need for pesticides and fertilizers. A Gaushala was a common installation in every village. It needs to be revived and seen as an essential part of Indian agricultural rejuvenation.