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Mini Dhal Mill - an appropriate technology for Indian rural areas for processing of pulses

Pratape, V. M. and Sashikala, V. B. and Narasimha, H. V. (2004) Mini Dhal Mill - an appropriate technology for Indian rural areas for processing of pulses. Journal of Rural Technology, 1 (2). pp. 87-90.

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Pulses are the main sources of protein in the diets, especially for the poorer section of the society, particularly in the countryside of India. More than 75% of the pulses produced in the country are converted to dehusked split form (dhals) before being cooked for consumption. Hence pulse milling is an important step for its utilization. However, though pulses are produced in the villages, farmers transport them to faraway urban centres for milling purpose. They realize a meagre return for their produce and also undergo hardships in transporting them to urban and semi urban processing centres and bringing back dhals for their own consumption. Rural population also pay heavy price for the dhal due to lack of processing facilities though they are around pulse production centres (villages). To help the farmers and small processors, CFTRI has developed a Mini Dhal Mill, which works on the principle of abrasion for dehulling. It is a very compact unit with dehusker, dhal and husk separators fitted in a stream-lined position. It is also energy efficient requiring only one HP single phase motor. Quality and yield of dhal are also comparable to the large scale units. These features make the CFTRI designed Mini Dhal Mill a most competitive and efficient pulse milling unit suitable for small scale processors. About 35 manufacturers have availed license from CFTRI and six of them are actively fabricating the units. More than 800 such Mini Dhal Mills are operating in different parts of the country. National and International agencies such as Technology Mission on Pulses, Ministry of Food Processing Industries, Govt. of India and United Nations Development Programme have selected this unit for countrywide propagation. It has also been included under the Jawahar Rozgar Yojana of the Government of India, since it has great potential for employment generation particularly in the rural areas.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rural area, Mini dhal mill, Pulse processing
Subjects: 600 Technology > 02 Engineering & allied operations
600 Technology > 08 Food technology > 04 Milling
600 Technology > 08 Food technology > 22 Legumes-Pulses
Divisions: Grain Science and Technology
Depositing User: Food Sci. & Technol. Information Services
Date Deposited: 25 May 2007
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2018 08:50
URI: http://ir.cftri.com/id/eprint/613

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