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The main objective of TRIFED is to serve the interests of its members in more than one State for the social and economic betterment of its members by conducting its affairs in professional, democratic and autonomous manner through self help and mutual cooperation for undertaking marketing development of the tribal products.

After the new Multi-State Cooperative Societies Act, 2002 came into force, TRIFED amended its Bye-Laws w.e.f. 2.4.2003 and started functioning as a Service provider, Facilitator, Coordinator and a Market Developer for tribal products instead of its earlier activity of procurement and sale of Minor Forest Produce & Surplus Agricultural Produce.

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  • http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/agri-biz/tnau-to-prepare-commodity-profile-training-module-for-nontimber-forest-produces/article4491330.ece
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  • Ntfp india

    1. 1. NTFP Products In India
    2. 2. Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd (TRIFED), under theMinistry of Tribal Affairs, has sanctioned the national project on commodity profilingand drawing up of training module for Non-Timber Forest Produces (NTFPs) to theTamil Nadu Agricultural University here.• The project is expected to assume significance as the Government has indicated that it will fix the minimum support price for the 11 identified NTFPs based on the report and recommendation of this project. The budget outlay is fixed at Rs 25 lakh.• The project is also expected to play a significant role as the sub-group on NTFP of the XII Plan has recommended the formation of a separate board for NTFP and earmarked Rs 4,000 cr for the promotion of such produce.• A TNAU spokesperson said that the project comprised two parts.• The first aims at preparing the commodity profile of the 11 identified NTFPs such as Tendu/Beedi leaf, Bamboos, Mahua flower and leaf, Sal (Shorea Robusta) leaf and seed, Lac, Chironji, Wild Honey, Myrobalan and Tamarind for value-addition and sustainable harvesting practices.• The second part would involve preparation of training modules for all the 11 identified NTFPs. Based on the report findings, the MSP for the identified NTFP will be fixed by the Government, the spokesperson said.• The Principal Investigator and Co-Principal Investigator of the project are M.K. Shivaa, Professor (Education) and Nodal Officer, TNAU-TRIFED Centre, and K. Kumaran, Professor (Forestry), respectively.
    3. 3. Panel recommends fixing of MSP for forest produce• A high-level committee appointed to examine introduction of minimum support price (MSP) for non-timber forest produce has recommended that a central agency be constituted to fix MSP for the produce collected by tribals and the price be fixed keeping in mind wages paid under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA), transportation cost, value addition to the produce and local market prices.• The committee, which was appointed in August last year under Dr T Haque, has submitted an interim report and recommended that the Centre should begin with fixing of minimum support price (MSP) of common forest produces like tamarind , mahua, sal seeds and gum kariah . The panel has recommended constitution of a central agency to fix MSP.• A source said, "In the beginning Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP) could be roped in to fix MSP for minor forest produces. But a long-term solution is only in the formation of a central agency for this purpose." The main recommendation of the panel is on the procedure to fix the MSP. The report observes that there is widespread exploitation of tribals because the state corporations acquire forest produce from tribals at very low prices which are fixed randomly by contractors.
    4. 4. • The committee has recommended that the MSP be linked to minimum daily wage rates specified for NREGA, transportation cost, value addition cost and prevalent prices in the open market. A committee member told ET, "Linking MSP with wage rates under NREGA would help in keeping tribals interested in collection , regeneration and marketing of forest produce. They would have an option.• Right now collection of forest produce is not a lucrative option for the tribals and they are gradually moving towards NREGS temporary works like building roads." The committee has said that in the long run if the system takes off, the central agency could consider making good the losses incurred by state corporations if the market price falls under MSP.• It also recommended a three-tier mechanism wherein a special agency at the Centre will be appointed to fix MSP, corporations or cooperatives at the state level will acquire forest produce and NGOs would be involved in training and spreading awareness amongst tribals. The committee has not recommended any particular type of set-up at the states. While some states have cooperatives , others have corporations to acquire minor forest produce.
    5. 5. • It observed that the existent set-up should continue at the state-level . The panel has found that acquisition of minor forest produce is centred around main townships. Tribals living in the interiors of forests are at a disadvantage. It has recommended that NGOs should be roped in to train tribals on treating the produce and adding value to the product to fetch better prices.• The committee is not in favour of only depending on this government controlled mechanism. It wants to encourage competition so that exploitation of tribals is reduced. The committee is planning to recommend encouraging private companies to step in and provide better prices to the tribals for their collection.• This would mean that tribals could organise themselves in cooperatives and then have a choice of selling the produce either to a private company or to the government. However, there are sharp differences within the committee over dealing with bamboo and tendu leaves.
    6. 6. • Higher MSP for Minor Forest Produce• The Ministry of Panchayati Raj has constituted a Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. T. Haque to look into different aspects of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) management in fifth schedule areas which has recommended for fixation of Minimum Support Price (MSP) for 14 MFPs in its final report. These are Tamarind, Mahuwa flower, Mahuwa seed, Tendu leaf, Bamboo, Sal Seed, Myrobalan, Chironji, Lac, Gum karaya, Honey, Seeds of Karanja, Neem and Puwad. To operationalize the MSP for selected MFPs, the Planning Commission has suggested for Central Price Fixation Commission for MFP as an autonomous body under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs. All primary collectors including tribal and people living in and around the forests involved in the MFP collection will be benefitted.• To protect the resource base of NTFPs in the forests, the Ministry has taken steps for regeneration of MFP and training for sustainable harvesting of MFP to primary collectors with the State Forest Departments.• This information was given by the Minister of State for Environment and Forests (independent charge) Shrimati Jayanthi Natarajan in a written reply to a question by Shrimati Shobhana Bhartia & Shri N.K. Singh in Rajya Sabha today.
    7. 7. • Government is likely to announce MSP on more minor forest produce soon. It is yet not decided but some forest produces like amla, harra, bahera, mahua and honey are likely to come under the ambit of MSP,” a government source informed Business Standard.• The state government had fixed MSP for shellac hosted on palash tree (butea monosperma) at Rs 100 per quintal while that on kusum tree at Rs 120 per quintal. For Chinroji kernel, the MSP has been fixed at Rs 80 per quintal.• The state government has outsmarted the Centre which is still deliberating on the issue. On the other hand, political rivals of the government have termed it as a gimmick of cultivating support of tribal-dominated areas.
    8. 8. • This decision however seems to benefit tribal families in a large number. The potential trade of Chironji, according to government sources, is nearly 490 quintals in the state. Eastern parts of the state are witnessing shellac cultivation as supplementary income of small farmers.• Madhya Pradesh is the third largest producer of shellac in the country accounting for 2,870 metric tonnes (MT) production annually. In 2005, it produced approximately 4,000 MT of scrapped shellac, which is about 19 per cent of Indias total shellac production and was thus ranked second after Jharkhand.•