ICAR-CIWA established Millet Processing Units in Tribal Villages of Koraput district

Two millet processing units were established by ICAR-Central Institute for Women in Agriculture, Bhubaneswar at tribal villages of Koraput district. The units were established at the tribal villages viz., Luhaba Maliput and Muliaput in Semiliguda and Nandapur blocks of Koraput district on 8th March, 2017, commemorating the occasion of International Women's Day.

As part of the Institute's project on ''Engendering Finger Millet based Value Chains for Promoting Livelihood Opportunities of Farmwomen'', the gender roles in finger millet based value chains and the constraints faced by women in existing finger millet value chains were studied. During the study, it could be observed that along the value chain, women were found only as farmers, petty traders and labourers in processing units. However under this project, the entry points for women in finger millet value chain were identified, and the women SHGs in these two villages were mobilized into two clusters. They were provided with the machineries such as millet pulverizer, digital weighing machine, hot sealing machine for packaging and other raw materials such as polythene packaging materials to start the enterprise with making ragi flour. The machineries provided could help them in making not only the flour of finger millet, but of other millets and turmeric too. The units established can help the clusters of women SHGs to enhance their livelihood by getting an increase of about 50% in their marketing margin by value addition to finger millet, specifically by making ragi flour.