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Naveen to felicitate members of two SHGs

Members of two SHGs from Laxmipur block would be felicitated by the Chief Minister at a function in OSAP grounds here on Thursday for their remarkable achievement in processing arhar , pigeon pea, into arhar dal this year.

With the support of ORMAS , while Maa Mutyaluma SHG of Laxmipur made a profit of Rs.1.56 lakhs, Bijaya group of Toyaput in the same block got Rs.1.2 lakhs by managing dal processing units for the last four months, Rary.P.Anto, zonal manager of ORMAS, said here on Wednesday .

During 2003-04, ORMAS had identified the technology developed by CFTRI, Mysore, and introduced the machinery called mini-dal mill with the selected SHGs in the district .

The SHGs were then trained in processing the dal and were provided revolving funds to procure arhar, better known locally as kandul and store the same during the harvest season .

The produce had the market readily available in the district and was supplied for meeting the needs of emergency feeding and mid-day meal programme. Koraput district alone require 1200 MT of dal under these programmes every year.

Presently during 2010-11 the number of units had increased to 20 SHGs with increasing the revolving fund to Rs.190 lakhs and total turnover touching to Rs.260 lakhs with the collective effort of all these SHGs

After paying back the loan amount with interest of Rs.10.56 lakhs , these groups had earned a total profit of Rs 56.68 lakhs this year . It was a remarkable achievement by rural women, he added.

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