Sabala, an NGO, is boosting millet processing in 35 villages of Vizianagaram district. With an attempt to end the role of middlemen, assuring a financial gain to millet farmers and providing employment to women in the rural areas. Having set up a company at Kothavalasa especially with care or effort from the farmers, the NGO has teach a particular skill 90 women SHG members in processing the millets and making ragi biscuits and other products.
To provide nutritious food to children the NGO now has started talks with the government schools in Visakhapatnam district. Beginning with farmers clubs at six villages in 2016, the NGO now has 35 clubs operating in Vizianagaram district with 1,000 members who cultivate korra, finger millet, ragi and a host of other coarse grains.
Sabala is making known information in a particular skill with the support of NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) and Agricultural Research Station, Vizianagaram in the use of machinery to process the millet and also boost best farming procedures. “Not having enough processing machinery earlier, the farmers were compelled to sell the raw produce to companies at low prices. Now obtain with a special care of the machinery and getting double the normal returns. The harvested crop is procured by us and we give money for work done the farmers total amount without bargaining or renting out a property the farmers waiting for the buyers” expressed the farmers total amount without bargaining or letting the farmers waiting for the buyers.
They prepare cookies and ready-to-eat products which are sold at an outlet at Kothavalasa. “We are supplying to local marts in Vizag. In the future we are planning to tie up with Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalayas and other government schools to supply ragi products,” The machinery is obtain especially with a care by SHG women groups by availing loans of Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh.