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Jammu and Kashmir to initiate marketing scheme for tribal products soon

Last Updated on December 29, 2021 at 10:00 am

A scheme for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) has been announced by Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

Meetings were held between tribal youth, officer on Special Duty, Mission Youth, Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Abdul Khabir with the team of TRIFED at New Delhi for ensuring marketing of tribal products.

In an attempt to increase the income, employment and uplifting the tribal community, VikasKendras under the PM Van DhanProgramme shall be established.

The tribal people have dependency on forests, thus the government of India has identified a total of 87 Minor Forest Produce items and their MSP rates have also been notified by the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. These kendras will majorly help the tribal people in future as they are dependent on forests and thus this move can help in resolving major issues of economy of the tribals.

These Kendras shall act as common facility centers for procurement cum value addition to locally available MFPs. A Van DhanVikas Kendra will have 10 tribal Van DhanVikas Self Help Groups, each consisting of 30 MFP gatherers having about 300 beneficiaries per Kendra.

Secretary Tribal Affairs Department, J&K, Dr. Shahid Iqbal Choudhary, who is also holding the charge of Director Tribal Research Institute J&K, has started the process of empanelling tribal artisans so that their products get proper marketing value through “Tribes India” initiative of TRIFED.

Also, a Tribal Artisan Mela will soon be organized in J&K where on-spot registration of tribal artisans shall be done and products of these tribal artisans shall be evaluated by regional evaluation committee of the TRIFED. After these are approved by TRIFED, order shall be placed to the concerned tribal artisan.