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Alternate Uses of Cattle Dung for Sustainable Livelihood

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Anurag Chaudhary and Mini Goyal

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Indian Journal of Economics and Development
Year : 2016, Volume : 12, Issue : 4
First page : ( 799) Last page : ( 802)
Print ISSN : 2277-5412. Online ISSN : 2322-0430.
Article DOI : 10.5958/2322-0430.2016.00208.0

Alternate Uses of Cattle Dung for Sustainable Livelihood

Chaudhary Anurag*, Goyal Mini
Department of Economics and Sociology, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana-141004

*Corresponding author’s email: themysticchaudhary@yahoo.com

JELCodes: O13, Q01, Q42

Online published on 12 December, 2016.

Abstract
An approach towards sustainable livelihood has been the agenda of national as well as international organizations in the growing world. Cattle dung can be disposed of in various ways and its commercial way of disposal such as by making cow dung cakes and farm yard manure can serve as a good source of income and sustainable livelihood. The present study was undertaken by taking a random sample of 60 dairy farmers from Haibowal Dairy Complex in the outskirts of Ludhiana city The study aims at lime-lighting such activities that are must for sustainable livelihood in the present context and are cheap and economical. Making cattle dung cakes and farm yard manure were two methods of cattle dung disposal that were mainly emphasized upon in the study. The Capitaloutput and Benefit-cost ratio of making cow dung cakes were 2.62 and 1.62 respectively and that of making farm yard manure were 2.38 and 1.37 respectively. An average farmer was earning 61227 and 61918 per year by making cow dung cakes and farm yard manure respectively. The study suggested to follow up the practice of using dung to make cakes and farm yard manure that would have been otherwise washed away. Furthermore local unemployed and poor families can make self help groups and take these practices to free themselves off the clutches of poverty.

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