Desi Cow and Agriculture

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The cow was elevated to divinity in the Rig Veda. In Book VI, Hymn XXVIII attributed to Rishi Bhardwaja extols the virtue of the cow. In Atharva Veda (Book X, Hymn X), the cow is formally designated as Vishnu, and `all that the Sun surveys’. Indian society has addressed the cow as gow mata. The Churning of the Sea episode brings to light the story of the creation of the cow. Five divine Kamadhenus (wish cows), viz, Nanda, Subhadra, Surabhi, Sushila, Bahula emerged in the churning. Thousands of names in our country are cow-related: Gauhati, Gorakhpur, Goa, Godhra, Gondiya, Godavari, Goverdhan, Gautam, Gomukh, Gokarna, Goyal, Gochar etc.

They signify reverence for the cow, and our abiding faith that the cow is Annapurna.

she cow, according to the Vedas, provides four products for human use: (i) Godugdha (cow milk): As per Ayurveda, cow milk has fat, carbohydrates, minerals and Vitamin B, and even a capacity for body resistance to radiation and for regenerating brain cells. (ii) Goghruta (ghee): The best ghee, it is, as per Ayurveda useful in many disorders. In yajna, it improves the air’s oxygen level. (iii) Gomutra (urine): Lastly, (iv), Gomaya (dung) is considered as valuable as Gomutra and used to purify the environment, as it has radium and checks radiation effects.

We are having such gold with us and we are using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

It is now an accepted fact that the chemical fertilizers and pesticides not only have adverse effects on soil but also are harmful for human health. Even the agriculture scientists agree with the view that regular use of chemical fertilizers leads to a situation when land ultimately becomes unproductive and barren because of destruction of microbes.

On the other hand, organic manure provides most of the plant nutrients. The microbes are encouraged. Texture of the soil improves. It becomes porous with more aeration. Humus elements increase at a faster rate. Resistance power of the soil to fight fungus, pests and insects etc., increases. This all adds to the fertility of the soil.

The milk given by a Desi cow is only a bi-product.  A Desi cow is not for milk, it is for Agriculture.  The maintenance cost of a Desi cow is Rs.30/- to Rs.40/- a day.  Approximately we need around Rs.1000/- to Rs.1500/- to maintain a cow.  Per Annum it cannot be more than Rs.15000/- per cow.  A Cow gives approximately 10 kgs of Cow dung and 10 litres of Cow Urine.  Approximately it gives 300 kgs per month and 3600kg per year.  With this we can create manure for approximately four acres of land.  One cow will take care of the fertilizer and pesticides requirement of approximately 4 acres of land.  Per acre for using Urea, Potash, and Synthetic pesticides we need approximately Rs.6000/- per annum.  For four acres the cost will be Rs.24000/- which is definitely costlier than the maintenance of cow.  The additional requirement is here the human work load will be more compared to using synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.    Once we start treating the cow as our family members, (which was done by our forefathers) the extra work and service done to the cow will not be an issue.

Since today the joint family concept is getting reduced and people started living is a smaller house with reduced family members, the maintenance of cow and keeping the cow along with them in the house is an issue.   Hence in order to have the same effect of cow fertilizers and pesticides we are producing the following two products.

Panchagavya – an organic fertilizer

Agnihastra – an organic pesticides / insecticides / fungicides.

The details about this product and the certificates can be viewed in our website pasuthai.com

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