Update on Cowdung Supplies in U.S.
Since COVID-19 erupted in the U.S., there has been a marked increase in the number of people wanting to start or re-start Agnihotra in this country and abroad. While this is great news, maintaining enough dried cowdung for those who want it has been a great challenge for some U.S. suppliers.
For those suppliers who dry their own cowdung, production is affected by weather. Rainy conditions on the East Coast persisted throughout the summer, preventing East Coast producers from building a stockpile.
Suppliers who source their product from India have also struggled this year. Due to COVID-19, shipments which were ready for transport have been stalled for months, as Customs was shut down during India’s lockdown. We received good news this week: one major supplier’s shipment has arrived in the U.S. Hopefully, it will be available for purchase soon.
Decades ago, Shree Vasant warned of coming disasters and diseases, and urged Agnihotris to work toward self-sufficiency. He recommended storing six months’ worth of food and necessary supplies, including Agnihotra supplies.
If you have access to cows, and if climate and space permit, we encourage you to look into drying your own cowdung. Richard Powers of agnihotrasupplies.com will be happy to advise you. Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Recently, we learned of an organic farmer in Wisconsin with large greenhouse capacity. In the hot months, his greenhouse is normally empty. He plans to start drying cowdung and become a supplier.
If you know of people who have greenhouses which aren’t used all year long, you may want to approach them about the possibility of drying cowdung for sale.
More sources of dried cowdung are needed in the U.S. to meet the demand. If you would be interested in producing enough to sell to others, please contact Richard Powers to explore this possibility. It could be a great service as well as a source of added income.