Raipur: Under the leadership of Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel and under the guidance of Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar, the minor forest produce collection work is being conducted continuously in Chhattisgarh.
According to the data released by 'The Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED)', nearly 2.77 lakh quintals of minor forest produce worth Rs 80.12 crore have been procured at the minimum support price in the first quarter of the current financial year i.e. from April to July.
In Chhattisgarh, nearly 2.77 lakh of minor forest produce worth Rs 80.12 crore have been procured in the span of three months from April to July. This includes collection of 1.13 lakh quintals of tamarind (including seeds) worth Rs 40.90 crore and 1.37 lakh quintals of Sal seed worth Rs 27.59 crore, 6,595 quintal flower tamarind worth Rs. 4.15 crore, 2, 390 quintal chironji kernels worth Rs. 2 .92 crore and 10, 493 quintal Bahera worth Rs 1.78 crore.
Meanwhile, Mahul Patta, Nagarmotha, Bhelwa, Bahera Kacharia, Dhavai Phool (Dry), Harra Kacharia, Puwad (Charota), Bel Gud, Satwar (Dry), Kusum seed, Broom, Rangini Lac, Van Tulsi, Flower Tamarind, Jamun Seeds (dry), cumin, Tamarind seed, Amla seedless, Kusumi lac, Kullu Gond, Mahua seed, Karanj seed have also been collected. Besides, the collection of Patal Kumhra (Bedari Kand), Tikhur, Sawai grass, Koriya bark, Chhind grass, Amla (raw), kanta jhadu, Kutz bark, Adusa leaf, Indrajou seed, Safed musli, Palash flower etc. have also been collected.
State Minor Forest Produce Association Managing Director Sanjay Shukla informed that at present 52 minor forest produce are being procured in the state at minimum support price. These 52 minor forest produce include Sal seed, Harra, Tamarind seed, Chironji kernels, Mahua seed, Kusumi lac, Rangini lac, Kal Megh, Bahera, Nagarmotha, Kullu Gum, Puwad, Bel Gud, Honey and broom, Mahua flower (dry), Jamun Beej (dry), Kaunch Beej, Dhavai Phool (dry), Karanj Beej and Amla (with seeds) and flower tamarind (seedless), Giloy and Bhelwa, Van Tulsi Beej, Forest Cumin Seed, Tamarind Seed, Bahera Kacharias, Harra Kacharias and Neem Seeds, Kusumi seed, Reetha fruit (dry), Shikakai phalli (dry), Satavar root (dry), cashew kernels, malkangani seed and mahul leaf.
Likewise, Palash (flowers), Safed Musli (dry), Indrajou, Patal Kumhra, and Kutaj (bark), Ashwagandha, Amla raw, Sawai grass, Kanta Jhadu, Tikhur, Behan lac-Kusmi, Behan lac-rangini, Bel (raw ), and berries (raw). Apart from the support price, State Government is also providing additional bonus for the procurement of Kusumi Lac, Rangini Lac and Kullu gum.