1st Ever Multipurpose ‘Van Dhan Vikas Kendra’ in Bijapur District of Chhattisgarh (Download PDF)


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Ministry of Tribal Affairs approved establishment of 1st ever multipurpose ‘Van Dhan Vikas Kendra’ on pilot basis in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh for providing skill upgradation & capacity building training & setting up of primary processing & value addition facility.

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Details of Vikas Kendra

  • 1st model Van Dhan Vikas Kendra is being implemented for training of 300 beneficiaries w/total outlay of Rs. 43.38 lakhs for purpose of training, providing equipments & tool for primary level processing & infrastructure & building for housing Kendra.

  • This Kendra will have processing facility for Tamarind brick making, Mahua flower storage facility & chironjee cleaning & packaging.

  • Implementation: TRIFED has assigned work for establishment of pilot project in Bijapur of Chhattisgarh to CGMFP Federation & Collector; Bijapur would be coordinating force.

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  • Value addition facility: Value addition assumes critical importance in ensuring remunerative prices to tribal in this approach. Under scheme, 3 stage value additions would be corner stone for enhancing incomes of tribal.

  • Grass root level procurement is proposed to be undertaken thru SHGs associated w/implementing Agencies.

  • Convergence & Networking w/other Govt. departments/scheme shall be undertaken to utilise services of existing SHGs like Ajeevika, etc.

  • SHGs shall be appropriately trained on sustainable harvesting/collection, primary processing & value addition & be formed into clusters so as to aggregate their stock in tradable quantity & linking them w/facility of primary processing in Van Dhan Vikas Kendra.

  • Stock after primary processing shall be supplied by SHGs to State Implementing Agencies or direct tie up for supply to corporate secondary processor.

  • For creation of secondary level value addition facility at district level & tertiary level value addition facility at State level, Big Corporate shall be involved under PPP model.

  • PPP model will be based on utilizing Private entrepreneur skills in undertaking processing as well as marketing of produce & Central/State Govt. support in terms of creating infrastructure & providing enabling environment for undertaking value addition of systematic scientific lines.

  • These will be sophisticated large value addition hubs managed by Private entrepreneurs.

Minor Forest Producse (MFP)

  • Minor Forest Produce (MFP) is defined as all non-timber forest produce of plant origin & includes bamboo, brushwood, stumps, canes, Tusser, cocoon, honey, waxes, Lac, tendu/kendu leaves, medicinal plants & herb, roots, tuber under Section 2 (i) of Scheduled Tribes & Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognitions of Forest Rights) Act, 2006.

  • MFP is major source of livelihood for tribal people in forest area, about 100 million forest dwellers depend on MFPs for food, shelter, medicines & cash incomes.

Significance of Van Dhan Vikas Kendras

  • Van Dhan Vikas Kendras will be imp. milestone in economic development of tribal involved in collection of Minor Food Produces (MFPs) by helping them in optimum utilization of natural resources & provide sustainable MFP-based livelihood in MFP-rick districts.

  • Source of livelihood: MFP provides tribal people critical subsistence during lean season; they derive 20 - 40 % of their annual income from MFP on which they spend major portion of their time.

  • Women empowerment: This activity has strong linkage to women’s financial empowerment as most of MFPs are collected, used/sold by women.

  • Increase in annual workdays: This sector has potential to create about 10 million workdays annually in country.


  • Scheme will contribute in socio-economic development of tribal & generate employment opportunities.

  • Scheme will help in empowering women as most of MFP gatherers are women & thus, improving standard of living & reducing poverty.

- Published/Last Modified on: September 27, 2018

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