THRISSUR: Since ancient times cow’s urine was considered to be auspicious. It was thought that having a cup of virgin cow’s urine in the wee hours of morning will cure a host of diseases including cancer. And hence, there had been a steady increase in the demand for cow’s urine especially among the Hindu’s in North India.
Soon Keralaties too will get a chance to have a warm cup of distilled cow’s urine before day break. For the first time in the country, the Vechur Conservation Trust, a trust formed to save Vechur cows from extinction, has decided to cash in on the growing trend by packaging Vechur cow’s for human consumption. The distillation will be carried by taking precaution to preserve all its medicinal properties.
Dr Sosamma Iype, retired Professor of Animal Breeding and Genetics, KVASU, who was instrumental in saving Vechur cows through a University-funded project, said that the trust will soon start manufacturing cow’s urine products on a commercial scale in the state. “Our first product will be Gomu, distilled Vechur cow urine, which ayurvedic medicine manufacturing companies can make use of for producing medicines like eye drops, drugs for stomach ailments, toothpaste, bathing soaps, herbal powdered medicine, among other things,” she said.
“We have already prepared Gomu on experimental basis by distilling cow’s urine with the help of Vechur breeders using traditional methods as part of the promotion programme. We got a very positive response for the urine during promotion meets which had been held at various parts of the state. It is said that the urine is very effective in controlling blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, asthma, psoriasis and certain other diseases. A lot of people use it on a daily basis and drink it early in the morning on empty stomach,” she added.
Besides distilled cow pee, the trust will also bring out two other value-added products, Vechur Ghee and Bhoosanjeevany. Bhoosanjeevany is a modified form of Ghanajeevamrutha, a kind of bio-fertilizer. As the name suggest, it’s a bio-fertilizer made by mixing pulverised dried dung of Vechur cow with jaggery, bengal gram powder, handful of top soil and cow’s urine. This fertiliser will work as catalyst and help restore fertility of the soil which had been destroyed by heavy usage of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. The cow dung with its good microbes enriches the soil in a biological manner and helps to bring back the original quality, said Dr Abraham Varkey, retired professor, KAU, and partner of the project.
“Vechur Ghee will be produced using Vechur cow’s milk, which is famous for its high medicinal values due to the presence of A2 beta-lactalbumin protein and higher arginine content which is good for the health of convalescing people,” said Dr T P Sethumadhavan, director of entrepreneurship, Kerala Veterinary and Animal Husbandry University.