Raipur: State government has decided to purchase seven new small forest produce apart from existing 15 small forest produce from tribal people on minimum support price (MSP) in the current fiscal 2019-20.

“With current addition now in all 22 small forest will be purchased,” said Principal Chief Conservator of Forest Rakesh Chaturvedi.

According to the PCCF, these include Sal seeds, Harra, Tamarind seeds, chironji seed, Mahua seed, Kusumi Lac, colorful Lac, Kalmegh, BAHEDA, Nagarmotha, Kulllu gum, Puvad, Belguda, honey and phool jhadu(flower broom).

Seven small forest produce that will now be purchased include- mahua flower(dry), black berry seed(dry), Kaunch seed(dry), dhawai flower(dry), Karanj seed, Bibding and amla (seedless).

Managing Director, Chhattisgarh State Small Forest Produce Association, PCCF Sanjay Shukla informed that the seven small forest produce will be purchased on MSP fixed by government of India.

Mahua flower will be purchased at the rate of Rs 17 per kg, jamun seed(dry) Rs 36 per kg, kaunch seed at Rs 18 per kg and dhawai flower(dry) at Rs 32 per kg. Likewise, Karanj seed at the rate of Rs 19 per kg, bibding at Rs 81 per kg and amla(seedless) at Rs 45 per kg.

Shukla also informed that these 22 small forest produce worth Rs 950 crores are collected by the forest dwellers and sold in Haat markets.

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