Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Feb 8:
The Central government, in collaboration with the state government, will set up a Mung daal processing project in Nayagarh district at an investment of Rs 3.20 crore .
Five per cent of the total project cost will be borne by UNIDO while 95% will be borne by the Central and state governments. UNIDO has already the completed field study and prepared a project report.
The detailed appraisal of the project would be prepared by MSME department, the nodal department for the project, in consultation with other stake holders such as Panchyati Raj Department, ORMAS Director, Social Welfare, Agriculture Department and Women and Child Development Department within the next three weeks, said sources.
The Central government is implementing the project under the ‘Alleviating Poverty via Food Processing: The case of roasted mung daal in Odisha” scheme. “It aims to introduce best practices, suitable technologies and improved products for the micro-scale village processors specialising in mung daal (green gram),” said a government official of the MSME department.
The objective is to build on existing self-help groups’ initiatives, as well as connect them to marketing channels, to allow effective value addition.
While the project will directly benefit 30 self-help groups, the assistance will supply suitable mung daal processing equipment, which will directly produce an impact on 300-400 families living in the district. It is also expected that 5000 additional households engaged in mung daal processing will benefit indirectly from the project by applying the improved methods they will observe in the course of the project. Finally, an estimated 20.000 daal producers will benefit from higher prices and better sales opportunities.