कृषि प्रौद्योगिकी अनुप्रयोग अनुसंधान संस्थान
Agricultural Technology
Application Research Institute

ICAR-ATARI, ZONE-X, HYDERABAD

Multipurpose flour mill unit minimizing hardships in tribal hamlets during covid 19 pandemic

To increase the consumption of locally grown food crops by the tribal families an attempt was made on pilot basis by established 14 Multipurpose Processing mills in Tribal gudems (Villages) and benefiting 5000+ tribal household members under Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) activities of Krishi Vigyan Kendra of Professor Jayashankar Telangana state Agricultural University, Adilabad.

Before establishing multipurpose flour mills, tribals used to go to mandal headquarters or nearby towns for milling of Sorghum, Wheat and Millets into flour (Atta) and rawa for their daily food preparation. With the help of our Multipurpose flour mills, tribals are happily processing their locally grown foods into different products during this ongoing COVID Pandemic. The mill can also be used for preparation of condiments like Ginger + Garlic Paste, Turmeric Powder, Chilli Powder etc.

Advantages of Multi Processing Units

1. To process locally grown Sorghum, Millets, Wheat, Pulses and other foods for their household consumption

2. Benefiting 1000+ households with about 5000 household members

3. One farmer is managing the unit in each village and earning an amount of Rs. 2800 to 3500/month apart from regular farm income

4. Reduced the gaps in primary processing of sorghum, millets, soybean, red gram, Bengal gram and spices for domestic consumption at Tribal hamelts

5. Tribal families need not to go to nearby mandal headquarters or major villages for flour milling or spices like chilli powder and turmeric powder

6. Preparation of varied diets from locally grown foods helped them to reduce nutritional deficiencies among children and girls

7. Tribal womens were trained to produce malted foods, dhal milling and spice powders for income generation