Kalaburagi gaushala gets ISO 9001 certification; first in north Karnataka | Bengaluru News – Times of India

KALABURAGI: Sri Madhav Gaushala, run by Sri Madhav Gau Vignyan Kendra Trust of Kalaburagi, has emerged as the first gaushala of north Karnataka to get ISO 9001 certification. Started just four years ago, the gaushala maintains a vermicompost unit of indigenous earthworms and has been taking unwanted and stray cattle.
The trust’s chairman Kalavati Bidarkar said the gaushala got the certification after its quality of care, treatment and scientific methods in conserving cows and other animals. “We are also taking caring of oxen, buffaloes and even stray dogs,” she added.

Mahesh Bidarkar, a member of the gaushala, said they started by caring stray cattle six years ago. “As we faced some hurdles in treating them, we set up this Gaushala to treat and take care of such cows unwanted by farmers. As there was no platform to take care of ill, aged and unwanted cows, farmers inevitably used to sell them to slaughter houses. Now we have 105 animals in gaushala including nine male buffaloes,” he said.

He further said the gaushala has donated 263 cows and oxen to needy farmers of Kalaburagi, Yadgir, Raichur and other neighbouring districts with a condition that they do not sell them to others. “They are earning better and have improved their standard of life by taking care of our cows and oxen. They can enjoy the benefit of milk or ploughing by those animals. Normally we keep ill aged and unwanted animals in the gaushala,” he stated.


He opined that the gaushala is not an ultimate solution to keep cows. “Hence, we aim to sensitise farmers on how to maintain cows and other domestic animals scientifically and how to make good use of their products like milk, urine and dung. For instance, fresh cow urine is the best medicine for cancer that we have already experimented in our gaushala. If it’s done properly, it can take the shape of small-scale industry,” he said.
The gaushala has also a bank of indigenous earthworm. “We brought 10kg indigenous earthworm from Develapur near Nagpur in Maharashtra. Now there is huge demand from farmers for this vermicompost,” he claimed.
The gaushala has dedicated three acres of land to grow green and dry fodder for animals. Those who have got degrees like MSc Environmental Studies have been appointed to take care of the animals.

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