Union Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) has added 9 minor forest produce (MFP) items for minimum support price (MSP) in Minor Forest Produce (MFP) scheme. The total number of MFPs covered under the list is 49. The nine new items are Kutaj (dried bark), Bakul (dried bark), Sonapatha/Syonak pods, Noni/Aal (dried fiuits), Chanothi seeds, Makoi (dried fiuits), Kalihari (dried tubers), Apang plant and Sugandhrnantri roots/tubers. Minor Forest Produce (MFP) is major source of livelihood for tribals who belong to the poorest of poor section of society.
About MSP for MFP scheme
- It was launched in 2013 by Central Government to ensure fair and remunerative prices to MFP gatherers.
- It aims to provide social safety net and improveme of livelihood of MFP gatherers by providing them fair price for the MFPs they collect.
- It provides assurance of buying MFP from forest dwellers at particular price. It also has provisions for primary processing, storage, transportation etc for ensuring sustainability of the resource base.
- Objectives: (i) Provide fair price to MFP gatherers, (ii) enhance income level of MFP gathers (iii) Ensure sustainable harvesting of MFPs.
- Implementation: Ministry of Tribal Affairs is the Nodal Ministry for implementation of this scheme. It announces MSP for selected MFPs with the technical support from TRIFED.
- TRIFED is Central Nodal Agency for implementation and monitoring of the scheme through State level implementing agencies.
- State designated agencies under procurement of notified MFPs directly from MFP gatherers (collectives or individual) at haats notified procurement centers at grass root level at fixed MSP and ensure full and timely on the spot payment to MFP gatherers.