members fixing a part in the Mill
Happy Holiday Season!
Hope you are enjoying the holiday season. This year the winter started a little later but it is pleasantly cold right now. We hope it is also nice weather where you are.
Many thanks for supporting this significant program. The program has made a lot of success and has changed many lives in our region. I am writing to share with you the half yearly progress report of the Dal Mill Project that you are supporting. The report covers a very detailed description of the Mill program and how it is benefiting several farmers in the most deprived region of Udaipur District.
As you know that the farmers in Kotra (the remotest and greener region of Udaipur District) grow various kinds of pulses and lentils but the production for Tur Dal (Pigeon Pea) is much higher in this region. The Dal Mill Program provides these farmers with a profitable livelihood option by milling their raw produce and making it much more marketable and profitable product. The half yearly report enclosed gives a very nice step by step description of the raw Tur Dal that is being processed by these tribal farmers. I would like to quote those steps in my cover letter for you. But I do hope that you will take a closer look at the report enclosed and get a full picture of the progress made in the last six months –
• First, procuring the raw Tur from the farmers
• Putting the raw tur into a grading machine which separates it into three grades A, B and C. And this grading machine also separates the dust, stones and other unnecessary things from the Tur.
• Tur of “A” grade is believed to be of the best quality and grade “C” is the least. When the grading is done the upper cover of the tur is removed with the help of water and then it s left in the sun to dry.
• It is put into another machine which has different kind of filters to separates the husk and besan (the flour/powder) from the Tur.
• The tur is greased with mustered oil to remove the remaining cover of the tur and is left in the sun to dry.
• Now the refined tur is taken to another machine called “Fadka” which supposed to break the tur into two parts but it doesn’t do it in a single go. Therefore, the output is again taken to the previous machine which has filters to separate the remaining tur, besan, husk and the final dal.
• This is how the cycle goes on and on until the whole tur has been broken into two pieces which is considered as Dal.
• Now after weighing the dal, it is taken to the packaging centre, where it is packed in three kind of bags viz 1 kg, 2 kg and 5 kg bags.
• The Dal is ready to sell now.
• The other by-products like besan and husk are also sold in the local market as supplement food for animals. These two by-products are sold between Rs. 8 to Rs. 10 per kg.
These farmer’s group called Nala Dal Utpadak Sangh has recently participated in a trade fair organized by the District Authority for Development of Handicrafts and Small Scale Industry Udaipur. It was held in the town hall, from October 2 to October 11 2010. The group also displayed their stall in this far with the purpose of the sale of their Dal and to make the civilians of Udaipur aware of their organic, good quality, locally produced product. During the current year, 12954.5 kg of raw tur was procured. About 10,000 kg of tur has been processed and almost all the processed dal has been sold by the end of November 2010 this year.
The farmers are all vey excited and happy at this progress. This has all been possible because of support from people like you. We would like to thank you on behalf of all the farmers of Medi Cluster and from everyone here at Seva Mandir.
Please have a look at the report enclosed. Please consider supporting this project again during this festivity and also tell your friends about this project.
Thank you once again for all your support and faith. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season.
With warm regards,