Online retailers say cow dung patties are selling like hot cakes.The patties—cow poop mixed with hay and dried in the sun, made mainly by women in rural areas and used to fuel fires—have long been available in India’s villages. But online retailers including Amazon and eBay are now reaching out to the country’s ever-increasing urban population.Some retailers say they’re offering discounts for large orders. Some customers are asking for gift-wrapping.
“Increasingly, in the cold weather, people are keeping themselves warm by lighting fires” using them, she said, adding that people who grew up in rural areas find the peaty smell of dung fires pleasant.”It reminds them of the old days,” she said.The cakes are sold in packages that contain two to eight pieces weighing 200 grams (7 ounces) each. Prices range from 100 to 400 rupees ($1.50 to $6) per package.
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