Improved Water Mill programme
Various attempts were made by individuals and institutions in Nepal towards improving the traditional water mill and increase its operational efficiency. However then major break through came when Mr Nakarmi of Kathmandu Metal Industries, Kathmandu improved the traditional water mill by using local materials and skills of village craftsmen. Except for metal parts - mainly the kit runner and shaft - the other parts of the mill such as the chute, framework, stone grinder, canal and intake are kept intact with little change. The beauty of the improved water mill technology is in its simplicity, being cost effective and easily installed. In addition, the improved service quality is translated in a higher agro-processing capacity (milling capacity often doubles) and/or diversified ranges of services (hulling, oil expelling, saw milling, electricity generation).