The use of electricity in the flour mills replacing the old oil-engines has accelerated the growth of floor mills in the district and also reduced, to a great extent, their operational cost. Almost in all the bigger villages flour mills have been established. There were as many as 627 [This number includes rice mills also.] flour mills providing employment to 1,144 persons in the district in 1961.

The machinery required to set up a flour mill is of a varied nature, and involves a lot of initial outlay. An electric motor or an oil engine, grinders, and small tools for repairs comprise the machinery and equipment, the cost of which varies between Rs. 6,000 and Rs. 7,000. Wherever pounding is undertaken, hullers and crushers are also installed.

The charges for grinding are more or less the same all over the district. The monthly income of a flour mill is reported to range from Rs. 150 to Rs. 250.

Though some of the flour mills are manned by the owners them-selves, many of them are found to employ a skilled worker or two.