Training continues for entrepreneurship development in the groups of Van Dhan Vikas Kendra: 139 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras set up for processing of forest produce in Chhatiisgarh
Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India, Saturday, 17 October 2020:
On the initiative of Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar, training is going on for entrepreneurship development in the groups of Van Dhan Vikas Kendra in the state by Chhattisgarh State Small Forest Produce Association. This training program started from last 13 October will run till 7 December. Training conducted online through TRIFED will include beneficiaries of self-help groups associated with the processing of forest products such as medicine, food, lac and tamarind.
In this regard, Managing Director, Chhattisgarh State Small Forest Produce Association, Mr. Sanjay Shukla said that 139 Van Dhan Vikas Kendras are currently operating for primary processing work of minor forest produce in the state. Here at least 10 women self-help groups have been added to each center for processing of forest produce. He told that this training IIT Is being given by Kanpur. In this, training is being carried out for development of entrepreneurship in self-help groups associated with processing of minor forest produce under Van Dhan Vikas Kendra and for the manufacture and sale and branding of high quality products. Under this, groups will be linked to technical and marketing institutions along with training.
It is worth noting that during the current season, 4 lakh 74 thousand 667 quintals of minor forest produce worth Rs 112 crore 21 lakh have been purchased in the state of Chhattisgarh so far. According to the data released by TRIFED New Delhi, Chhattisgarh is currently the first place in the entire country for purchasing minor forest produce. The Chhattisgarh State Small Forest Produce Federation has made arrangements to purchase about three thousand 500 villages and 866 hot-markets in the state for collection of minor forest produce by women self-help groups.
It is noteworthy that 31 minor forest produce are being collected under the Minimum Support Price Scheme in the current year in the state. Small forest crops collected include tamarind (including seeds), puwad (chrota), mahua flower (dry), bahera, harra, kalmegh, dhavai flower (dry), nagarmotha, tamarind flower, karanja seed and honey. Apart from this, Bel Anal, Amla (seedless), Rangini Lakh, Kusumi Lakh, Phul Jhadu, Chironji Kernels, Kullu Gum, Mahua Seed, Conch Seed, Jamun Seed (dry), Bibding, Sal Seed, Giloy and Bhelwa Miniature Forest Produces are also included. Are included. Besides, Van Tulsi Seed, One Cumin Seed, Tamarind Seed, Baheda Kachria, Harra Kacharia and Neem Seed have also been included.