TRIFED exchanges MoU with Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FIIT) to commercialise Mahua nutrabeverage, a value-added product made out of Mahua
TRIFED, as the nodal agency working for the empowerment of tribals, has been focusing its efforts on finding new ways to improve the lives and the livelihoods of the tribal people. With this objective in mind, TRIFED has now entered into a collaborative project with Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FIIT), a unit established by IIT Delhi to commercialise the production of Mahua nutra beverage.
TRIFED and FITT have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on March 17, 2021 to work together to enhance the income of tribals through the commercial production and sale of Mahua nutra beverage, a value added product made out of Mahua. Shri Pravir Krishna, Managing Director, TRIFED and Shri Anil Wali, Managing Director, FIIT signed the MoU in the presence of senior officials from both the organisations.
As a part of this association, both the organisations will work together to develop this value added product made out of Mahua so that the tribals benefit maximum from the value addition of MFPs and development of technologies. FITT shall act as the interface to foster, promote and sustain commercialization of this technology and the technology will be licensed to any suitable third party on the basis of a tripartite agreement. As a part of this project, FITT will identify a suitable third party, prepare and close the license agreement and monitor the agreement on behalf of TRIFED.
Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer is a unit established by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) as an Industry interface body to foster, promote and sustain commercialization of research results in the Institute. FITT has been authorized by IITD for exploring commercialization and societal outreach.
As a part of its various initiatives, especially the TRIFOOD project and the Van Dhan start-ups scheme, TRIFED has been focusing on enhancing the income of tribals through better utilization of and value addition to the MFPs collected by the tribal forest gatherers. For this objective, it also has a laboratory at NSC Beej Bhawan, Pusa Road, Delhi where MFPs are tested for their quality which determines their quality/price and fetches good returns to the tribals. TRIFED also outsources R&D projects to scientific organisations /universities, etc. to develop value added products, process technologies, so that the tribals benefit maximum from the value addition of MFPs and development of technologies. And it is under this objective that this collaborative project with FIIT has been initiated.
Among its flagship programmes and implementations, The ‘Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) & Development of Value Chain for MFP’ Scheme, in particular, has already emerged as a beacon of change and has positively impacted the tribal ecosystem as never before. Implemented by TRIFED in association with State Government Agencies across 21 states of the country, the scheme has injected more than Rs 3000 crores directly in the tribal economy since April 2020. Aided by the Government push in May 2020 wherein the prices of Minor Forest Produce (MFPs) were increased by up to 90% and the inclusion of 23 new items in the MFP list, this flagship scheme of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, which draws its strength from The Forest Rights Act of 2005, aims to provide remunerative and fair prices to tribal gatherers of forest produces.
The Van Dhan Vikas Kendras/ tribal start-ups, also a component of the same scheme, further complements MSP beautifully and has emerged as a source of employment generation for tribal gatherers and forest dwellers and the home-bound tribal artisans. The beauty of the programme is that it ensures that the proceeds from the sales of these value-added products go to the tribals directly.
To take this to the next logical phase, TRIFED is exploring convergences with organisations, government and non-government and academic, to continue its mission towards tribal empowerment. The aim is to pooling strengths together and undertake work that will help in boosting the income and livelihoods of the tribal people.
With the successful implementation of this collaboration, this unique, nutritional product will reach households across the country and become a common name and thus contribute to the transformation of tribal lives and livelihoods.