Highlights:

  • The paint is based on cow dung and is cost-effective and odourless. 
  • The cost of the paint is only Rs. 120 per litre for the distemper, and Rs.225 per litre for the emulsion.

Today, Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways launched an innovative paint developed by Khadi and Village Industries Commission. It is India’s first cow dung paint.

The paint, ‘Khadi Prakriti Paint’ is an eco-friendly and non-toxic paint. Adding to it, it has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. The paint is based on cow dung and is cost-effective and odourless. It has been certified by the Bureau of Indian Standards. Speaking on the occasion, Gadkari praise PM Modi and the step is aligned with Modi’s vision of increasing farmers’ income. “This is an effort to improve the rural economy to such an extent that reverse migration begins from the cities to rural areas,” he added.

Gadkari further mentioned that the cost of the paint is only Rs. 120 per litre for the distemper, and Rs.225 per litre for the emulsion. “The price of this paint is less than half the price charged by big paint companies,” he said. Stressing that the role of the government is only that of a facilitator, he said the paint will be marketed professionally, and taken to all corners of the country. 

Khadi Prakritik Paint is available in two forms – distemper paint and plastic emulsion paint. The project was conceptualized by Chairman KVIC in March 2020 and later developed by Kumarappa National Handmade Paper Institute, Jaipur (a KVIC unit).

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. This technology will increase the consumption of cow dung as a raw material for eco-friendly products and will generate additional revenue for farmers and gaushalas. The utilization of cow dung will also clean the environment and prevent clogging of drains.

Three National Laboratories including, the National Test House, Shri Ram Institute for Industrial Research, and National Test House have tested the paint. Khadi Prakritik Emulsion paint meets BIS 15489:2013 standards; whereas Khadi Prakritik Distemper paint meets BIS 428:2013 standards. 

The paint has successfully passed various test parameters such as application of paint, thinning properties, drying time, and finish, among others. Reportedly, it dries in less than 4 hours and has a smooth and uniform finish. The paint can be applied to the interior as well as exterior walls. Both distemper and emulsion paints are available in the white base color, and it can be developed in any color by suitably mixing colorants.

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