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J&K to market products by Gujjars and Bakerwals through MSP

Last Updated on December 28, 2021 at 7:37 pm

In order to ensure marketing of tribal products produced by tribal youth, Officer on Special Duty, Mission Youth, Jammu and Kashmir, Dr. Abdul Khabir, today held detailed deliberations with the team of TRIFED at New Delhi.

Pertinently, Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs, has announced a scheme for marketing of minor forest produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP).

Under the PM Van Dhan Programme, Vikas Kendras shall be established in the tribal areas to ensure livelihood generation, income enhancement and empowerment of tribal people.

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. Since there is dependence of the tribal communities of J&K on forests hence establishment of such Kendras shall go a long way in addressing various issues related to the economy of the tribals.

These Kendras shall act as common facility centres for procurement cum value addition to locally available MFPs. A typical Van Dhan Vikas Kendra shall consist of 10 tribal Van Dhan Vikas Self Help Groups, each comprising up to 30 MFP gatherers consisting of about 300 beneficiaries per Kendra.