Minister of Tribal Affairs
Shri. Arjun Munda
Hon'ble Minister of Tribal Affairs
Minor Forest Produce (MFP) collection and marketing holds critical importance for tribals as they spend a major portion of their time on it and derive the majority of their income from it.
Recognising the significance of this activity, the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Government of India, has announced the Scheme “Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) & Development of Value Chain for MFP”.
With this step, every state can identify the major MFPs covered under the Scheme in their state and participate in the Scheme. Keeping the tribal forest gatherers as the focus, the Scheme will ensure training on sustainable harvesting with primary level value addition, skill upgradation and processing.
The ‘Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram’ will add to the income and livelihoods of tribals by harnessing the wealth of forests. The programme aims to tap into traditional knowledge and skillsets of tribals to convert the tribal wisdom into a viable economic activity.
The need of the hour is to connect with the tribals who are true lovers of nature and want to live with nature. If people in urban areas start using tribal products, they will be able to prevent several physical ailments.
The Adivasi way of life is guided by primal truths, eternal values and a natural simplicity. The greatness of the tribes lies in this that they have managed to retain the primal skills and the natural simplicity, which gives their arts and crafts a timeless appeal.
The Van Dhan Scheme has been started by the government to empower the tribals and the endeavour of the Ministry is to connect the unique culture, arts and crafts of the tribals to the international market.
My best wishes for the success of the program and I am certain that all stakeholders will work towards ensuring that the benefits of the Scheme reaches each and every tribal household of the country.
The Minister's views on the Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram can be viewed here.