Vellore rice mills cluster (Tamil Nadu)


An important rice milling cluster is located in Vellore, covering the nearby Arcot and Arni areas as well. There are about 340 rice mills in the cluster. They process paddy to produce high quality rice. The main product is ‘Ponni’ rice, which is characterized by its relatively low moisture content (8.5–9%) compared to rice processed in other states (12–13%).

Products manufactured

Ponni rice

Number of MSMEs


Energy consumption


Main fuels

Wood, groundnut (GN) husk, rice husk, electricity

Production & turnover


Total energy consumption (toe)


Leading industry association(s)

Arni Taluk Paddy & Rice Merchants Association

Cluster manual

Other resources

Source: Data pertains to 2010-11, collected primarily under the BEE-SME program

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