One of my friends, who has a high salary and a software position in Bengaluru, abandoned his job and began working as an agriculturalist to support his family. On their farms, they have livestock as well. Cow dung caught his eye among all the animals, and after months of nonstop research, he finally developed an environmentally friendly gobar pot that was used to plant saplings and inspired nurseries to switch to using gobar pots rather than plastic bags. He described to them the significance of gobar pots and the processes necessary to make these pots out of cow faeces ( gobar pots)
The steps involved in making gobar pots are:
- Collecting cow dung
- Discarding earthworms from cow dung
- We fill the molds with cleaned dung
- Compressing with physical effort
- Removing compressed moulds.
- The pot is dried in the sun for the whole day.
These pots range from Rs. 15/-to Rs. 75/-depending on the sizes they choose.
- It is the best answer for plastic bags. not only help the environment but are also beneficial to our gardens
- If you purchase saplings from a nursery that uses plastic bags
- Once transferred from plastic to mud or cement pots, the plastic bags are discarded. They end up in landfills or burnt, causing pollution and harming the environment.
- Some plastic bags fly and make the surroundings unclean where some animals eat up the green leaves they graze. Consequently, they end up with stomach ailments and die.
- They are 100% biodegradable and decompose faster.
- When you plant saplings in the cow poop pots, the roots penetrate deeply into the sides and bottom of the pots.
- These are odorless and natural, with no chemicals involved.
- They absorb water easily in these pots.
- As it is odour free, you can keep it in the halls as a decorative piece.
As we all know, cow dung is used as manure for plants. Indirectly, helping the farmers with a second source of income by buying heaps of cow dung to make the pots is important as many farmers are committing suicide because of mounting debts. Nowadays, the government is urged to ban plastic everywhere. So nurseries should take the initiative to use eco-friendly and biodegradable gobar pots instead of plastic, as gobar pots are the best option for seed germination and an alternative to plastic. The government also started GobarDhan to generate wealth and energy from cattle and organic waste.
My friend came to the conclusion that instead of using plastic, we should promote the use of cow dung pots, which are both biodegradable and fertile, and whose production doesn’t contribute to pollution.