Raipur. Processing of tamarind has brought immense joy and prosperity to the lives of forest dwellers in Chhattisgarh, which is the result of Chief Minister’s decisions regarding the collection,processing and better procurement arrangements for minor forest produce. Even in the odd circumstances due to Corona crisis, employment for a significant number of forest dwellers was generated through tamarind processing work. This helped the forest dwellers to earn the additional income of Rs. 2 crore 48 lakhs. Through the processing work of flower tamarind, employment of 10 thousand 174 man days was generated for the forest dwellers.
The tamarind procured on Minimum Support Price in the state is being processed through the established Van Dhan Vikas Kendras. In the year 2020-21, women self-help groups had conducted the tamarind procurement work in Van Dhan Vikas Kendras to make flower tamarind from ‘aati’ tamarind. Of these, a total of 39 thousand 389 quintals of ‘aati’ tamarind was processed till 31 January 2021, from which 4555 quintals of flower tamarind and 3134 quintals of tamarind seed was obtained.
Providing about 10 thousand 174 man-days of work to the beneficiaries in the said processing work, Rs 2 crore 30 lakh has been paid so far as wages. These include forest dwellers of Jagdalpur, Narayanpur, Dharamjaigarh, Katghora, East Bhanupratpur and South Kondagaon forests, who have benefited from processing of flower tamarind.
Under the guidance of Forest and Climate Change Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar, the department is raising the standard of living of the forest dwellers through effective implementation of government’s schemes.
In this episode, the forest dwellers of the state are being benefited from the collection and processing of minor forest produce . Forest dwellers are earning maximum income throughout the year by selling flower tamarind and tamarind seeds after processing .
In this way, the forest dwellers have started reaping the benefits of collecting, processing and selling seeds in three different forms, only from the forest produce- tamarind. Managing Director, State Minor Forest Produce Association, Mr. Sanjay Shukla informed that presently 52 minor forest produce are being procured on minimum support price, including tamarind.
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