SED Economic Infrastructure Intern Janak Kharel and Senior Technical Specialist of Winrock International Ajaya Thapa visited DOTI district for monitoring and verification of RAP3 supported 20 Improved Water Mills (IWM) from 21 March to 6 April 2015.
During their visit, they found that both the mill owners and customers were greatly benefitted from IWM mainly due to increased milling efficiency, resulting in time saving of the mill owners and customers. Mr. Harka Dhami, IWM owner in Toleni said, “The number of customer in my mill has increased twice than before as the grinding time has reduced drastically. Before, my mill would run only for 4-5 months a year due to low volume of water in the stream during dry season. Now I can run it round the year because it can be operated with low flow too.” A customer present there added, “Now, I don’t have to wait hours and hours to mill my grains since this IWM is much faster than the traditional ghatta. As a result, I now can save milling time which I can use in my other productive activities”.
The surveyed mill owners reported that on an average, 5 kg of maize would take more than one and half hour before the improvement, whereas IWM grinds in 40 minutes. For wheat, it is reduced from 1 hour to 20 minutes and for millet too from 30 minutes to 20 minutes. Nearly 50-60 households benefited from each IWM.