Images of India : Cow Urine more expensive than Milk in India…

Cow-urineDistilled urine from cows currently fetches at least as much as milk in India. Urine from the country’s indigenous Bos Indicus Cows, which are considered sacred by Hindus, is a hot commodity. Cow urine is poured into a crude distiller to remove impurities. The distillate can be reduced further to a powder form or sold as a liquid concentrate to various makers of traditional medicines and herbal remedies. Around 30 remedies can be prepared at home with cow urine, according to Go-Vigyan Anusandhan Kendra, a cow-focused research organization in Nagpur. Proponents of ayurveda, say the urine, or “gomutra,” of an Indian cow contains special therapeutic properties and health benefits. Traces of gold are found in the urine of cows from the local Gir breed. The government has introduced programs over the past two years to protect the milk-producing animals and support industries derived from their waste. Rs.5.8 billion ($87 million) has been spent on cow shelters, intensified enforcement of beef-eating bans and tightened measures to stop the illicit sale of cattle to neighboring Bangladesh. The state of Rajasthan has created a ministry of Cow Affairs to advocate for an animal, which some critics say, has more rights than the country’s 2 million homeless citizens.