Banas Dairy’s first bio-CNG outlet opened

September 2, 2020

Meghdoot Sharon | TNN

AHMEDABAD — Palanpur-based Banas Dairy opened its first bio-CNG refuelling outlet last week, after it began generating bio-CNG from dung. The dairy has begun selling this CNG at Rs 50 a kg, lower than the prevailing market rate for the fuel.

Banas Dairy senior general manager Viren Doshi said the dairy collects over 40 tonnes of dung everyday from around 250 farms in 12 villages. Farmers are paid one rupee for every kilo of dung and the system of payment is the same as that for milk – money is credited into their accounts every fortnight.

“We generate 200 cubic metres of raw biogas on a daily basis. After purification, we are able to generate 800kg of bio-CNG every day. The first bio-CNG outlet became operational last week,” Doshi said. He added that apart from the land cost for the station, the dairy has invested Rs 8 crore in setting up the purification plant and retail dispensing station.

“We expect that the cost will be recovered in about four years through the sale of CNG, organic compost and pesticide,” he said. The slurry generated while producing bio-gas is being used to make fertiliser, both liquid and solid, along with pesticide, which will be sold to farmers as an alternative to the costlier DAP and urea fertilisers.

Baldev Jat of Rampura village in Banaskantha district said the dairy collects dung from 90 persons of his village. “Villagers here have a lot of cattle and between Rs 7,000 and Rs 8,000 gets deposited into our accounts every fortnight. This bio-gas plant is a huge blessing for us,” he said.

Udaji Chaudhary, another beneficiary, said he gets about Rs 15,000 by selling dung. “This additional income has helped me sow one more crop,” he said.

Meanwhile, Gau Raksha Dal aims to propagate the project across the country. “We have sent details of the project to our counterparts across the country. This will help conserve the cow,” said Mayur Thakkar, president of Gau Raksha Dal, Gujarat.

Will replicate model across India: Kathiria
Rashtriya Kamdhenu Aayog chairman Vallabh Kathiria said that the Banas Dairy model of using cow dung for multiple eco-friendly products will be replicated across the country. “We will write the Union ministries of chemicals and fertilisers, petroleum and other departments, with the aim of replicating this project across the country,” Kathiria said. He added that the central and state government have subsidy schemes for such projects and these can be implemented profitably by co-operatives, entrepreneurs and even corporates. 

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