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The Government has revised the Minimum Support Price (MSP) of 23 Minor Forest Produce (MFP) items and introduced MSP for 17 new MFP items. The 23 items whose MSP has been revised include those MFP items which have been covered under the scheme since its inception in the year 2013 - 14.

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  • TRIFED will be required to keep a watch on market prices and display on website besides sharing with the States to facilitate implementation of the scheme.

  • There shall also be an endeavor to develop market linkage between State agencies, through State nodal department for bulk users/buyers.

Revision of MSP

  • In view of the general cost escalation on all fronts the question of revision of MSP of the MFP items had been under consideration of the Government for some time.

  • Consequent upon receipt of recommendations of the MFP Pricing Cell for revision of MSP of the MFP items already existing in the scheme, as also the recommendation for the inclusion of additional MFP items, the Ministry, after due deliberation, has now decided to revise the MSP of the 10 MFP items which have formed a part of the scheme from its very inception as under:

    Table Of MFP Items

    Table Of MFP Items

    MFP Item

    MSP Rates as on 21.11. 2017 ( Rs. /Kg. )

    MSP Recommended ( Rs. /Kg. ) for FY 2018 - 19

    Tamarind (with seeds)

    Tamarindus indica

    18

    31

    Wild Honey

    150

    195

    Gum Karaya

    Sterculia urens

    108

    98

    Karanj seeds

    Pongamia pinnata

    18

    19

    Sal seed

    Shorea robusta

    12

    20

    Mahua seed

    Madhuca longifolia

    20

    25

    Sal leaves

    Shorea robusta

    24

    30

    Chironji pods with seeds

    Buchanania lanzan

    93

    109

    Myrobalan

    Terminalia chebula

    8

    15

    Rangeeni Lac

    130

    130

    Kusumi Lac

    167

    203

About New MFPs

  • The new MFPs include Mahua flowers (dried), Tejpatta (dried) Kokum (dry) etc.

  • All the State Governments to bring these changes to the notice of State nodal agencies and the State implementing agencies

  • The MSP of the thirteen (13) MFP items which were introduced into the scheme w. e. f. 31.10. 2016 was reviewed and the Ministry, after due deliberation, has now decided to revise their MSP as under:

    Table Of MFP Items

    Table Of MFP Items

    MFP Item

    MSP Rates as on 21.11. 2017 ( Rs. /Kg. )

    MSP Recommended ( Rs. /Kg. ) for FY 2018 - 19

    Kusum seeds

    (Schleichera oleosa)

    10

    20

    Neem seeds

    (Azadirachta indica)

    12

    23

    Puwad seeds

    (Cassia tora)

    8

    14

    Baheda

    (Terminalia bellirica)

    15

    17

    Hill Broom Grass

    (Thysanolaena maxima)

    10

    30

    Dry Shikakai Pods

    (Acacia concinna)

    30

    43

    Bael pulp (Dried)

    (Aegle marmelos)

    15

    27

    Nagarmotha

    (Cyperus rotundas)

    25

    27

    Shatavari Roots (Dried)

    (Asparagus racemosus)

    40

    92

    Gudmar/Madhunashini

    (Gymnema sylvestre)

    35

    35

    Kalmegh

    (Andrographis paniculata)

    15

    33

    Tamarind (De-seeded)

    (Tamarindus indica)

    40

    54

    Guggul (Sterculia urens) *

    700

About Minor forest Produce

  • It is a subset of forest produce.

  • The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006 defines a MFP as all non-timber forest produce of plant origin and includes bamboo, brushwood, stumps, canes, tusser, cocoon, honey, waxes, Lac, tendu/kendu leaves, medicinal plants and herbs, roots and more.

Concept of Minor Forest Produce

  • The Forest Rights Act 2006, recognizes and vests individual forest-dwellers with forest rights to live in and cultivate forest land that was occupied before 13 December 2005 and grants community forest rights to manage, protect and regenerate the forest.

  • It also provides them right to own and dispose minor forest products from forests where they had traditional access.

  • The Act defines forest rights as inclusive of ‘Right of ownership, access to collect, use and dispose of minor forest produce which have traditionally been collected within or outside village boundaries’.

  • Individuals, communities and Gram sabhas having rights under this particular section of the Act will not only have the rights to use but also rights of ownership over MFPs.

  • This goes beyond the Provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to the Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996 (PESA Act) which had authorised states to entrust Panchayats and Gram sabhas as the owners of MFP.

  • As per the Report of the National Committee on Forest Rights Act, about 100 million people living in and around forests derive at least part of their livelihood from collection and marketing of non-timber forest products or MFPs.

  • This includes, in addition to tribals, dalits, other forest dwellers that have not been officially declared as tribals, women, and other marginalised groups.

Minimum Support Price

  • MSP is the minimum price set by the Government at which farmers can expect to sell their produce for the season. When market prices fall below the announced MSPs, procurement agencies step in to procure the crop and ‘support’ the prices.

  • The Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs announces MSP for various crops at the beginning of each sowing season based on the recommendations of the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP).

  • The CACP takes into account demand and supply, the cost of production and price trends in the market among other things when fixing MSPs.

  • The FCI and Nafed help the Centre procure select food crops with the help of the States.

  • Procured farm products are kept in government warehouses and distributed through the PDS and various food security programmes.

- Published/Last Modified on: February 14, 2019

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