Mahua collection can increase income of minor forest produce collectors

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 May 2017 11:46:10

By Ashish Rajput,

MINOR forest produce collectors have another opportunity to increase their income and improve their livelihood by starting Mahua collection. Tendu patta collection is a source of income for villagers in backward areas but now they have a choice to double their income as the Government has started Mahua procurement on support price.

Majority of tribal families and forest dwellers depend on minor forest produces with collection of tendu patta. For the first time in Madhya Pradesh the Government has started procurement of Mahua on support price. “Favourable climatic conditions brought a ray of hope for tendu patta collectors involved in collection of minor forest produces since generations to achieve cent per cent target and obtaining additional income with Mahua collection.

Around 15 per cent tendu patta collection has been completed and expected to achieve target of 47,600 bags till May end before pre-monsoon showers,” informed Pradeep Kumar Shrivastava, Assistant Conservator of Forest and Deputy Manager of Madhya Pradesh State Small Forest Produces Business and Development Cooperative Union, Jabalpur.

Talking to ‘The Hitavada’ ACF Pradeep Shrivastava informed that minor forest produce collectors will be given additional benefit of Mahua collection for first time in the State. He added that a total of 26 committees comprising of 62,220 minor forest produce collectors are registered.

Tendu patta collectors are being given Rs 1,250 per bag, while they are being given shoes, slippers and water bottles for their convenience while insurance of upto Rs 25,000, education and other facilities for their children are being given by the Government. Besides this, collectors will be given Rs 30 per kilogram for Mahua collection for target of 34 quintal. Tendu patta and mahua collection is being carried out on war footing in rural belts of Jabalpur, Kundam, Bargi, Shahpura, Panagar, Sihora and Patan blocks.