The machinery cost plays a major role in setting up millets processing unit for minor millets or major millets or combination of both millet varieties. Four different combination of machinery are used for primary processing and the investment made in the purchase of machinery yields ROI of less than a year or two, if the machineries are utilized and employed appropriately.
The machinery is suitable for setting up of small scale industry with an investment of less than 8 lakhs in case of primary processing of minor millets and major millets. The secondary processing of minor millets and major millets involves value addition such as roasting millets, grinding into flours, blending dry flours and producing a final value added product such as health mix. The investment on machine cost made in the secondary processing of millets is less than 6 lakhs and depends on the capacity of the machines. The investment depends on the processing needs and capacities of the machineries.
There seems to be a great demand and consumer willingness to include millets in their regular diet schedule. Hence the cost invested into the machinery for processing of millets serves best for the millet basedindustry manufacturers. With the ease of machinery available, and marketing support provided by the respective state government initiative to boost millets production,even a farmer can turn into a successful agripreneur.