Grassroot Innovations

Innovative machine for making cow dung logs for ecofriendly cremation


Conventionally fire wood, electricity or LPG gas is used for cremation purpose. Indian people mostly prefer traditional product for cremation e.g. wooden logs and dried cow dung logs. Compared to fire wood and other alternatives, cremation using cow dung logs cost less. This has lead to the increased demand of cow dung logs but due to difficulty in manufacturing long logs, availability remains a problem. This opportunity of innovation inspired Shri Mansukhbhai Prajapati to develop a machine that makes long cow-dung logs with minimum human intervention.

Innovator: Mansukhbhai Prajapati

Area: Engineering Sciences

State: Gujarat

Funding agency: Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Govt. of India

National Mission: Skill India, Swachh Bharat

Implementing institute: Gujarat Grassroots Innovations Augmentation Network (GIAN), India


The machine is an ecofriendly initiative by providing mechanical support for making cow dung logs.

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