4th November 2016, Harshdiwari, Chhindwara
ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal provided technical expertise and machines to establish a Millet Processing Centre (MPC) at Village Harshdiwari, Block-Tamia, Dist. Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh.
Dr. KK Singh, Director, ICAR-CIAE Bhopal inaugurated the facility here today. Dr.Singh, speaking on this occasion expressed a hope that such mechanization would help increasing area under millet production.
Mrs. Sarojini Uike, Sarpanch of the Village, expressed her satisfaction over creation of the facility. She said that even if other food grains like maize and rice have now become part of their daily diet, millets are still important to them as diet as well as for many social customs.
The MPC consists of machines for cleaning and destoning, dehusking, pearling, grinding, flour separation and packaging. The MPC is capable of processing 100 kg millet per hour. The facility would be used on custom hiring by around 10 identified self-help groups and the produce would be marketed through various channels.
The centre is located in a facility sponsored under UNDP project and operated by Madhya Pradesh Vigyan Sabha.
Tribal families, officials of the NGO, NABARD and ICAR-CIAE were present at this occasion.
(Source: ICAR-Central Institute of Agricultural Engineering, Bhopal)