Raipur: As per the vision of Chief Minister Mr. Bhupesh Baghel and in larger interest of forest dwellers, State Government has taken an important decision of increasing the number of minor forest produce procured at Support price in Chhattisgarh from 31 to 38 and of procuring 14 minor forest produces at the support price decided by the sangh. Forest Minister Mr. Mohammad Akbar informed that in this way the number of minor forest produces procured at support price has been increased from 7 to 52 in just two years.
It is noteworthy that the seven new minor forest produces that were added to the list of forest produces procured at support price by state government includes kusmi seed, reetha fruit (dry), shikakai, satavar jad, kaju guthli, malkangani beej and mahul leaves.
Prescribed support price per kg for these minor forest produces is as follows- Kusumi seed Rs. 23, Reetha fruit (dry) Rs. 14, Shikakai palli (dry) Rs. 50, Satavar root (dry) Rs. 107, Cashew kernels Rs. 90, Malkangani seed Rs. 100 and Mahul leaf Rs. 15 each. Similarly, 14 minor forest produces to be procured at the support price fixed by the Association includes Pallas (flower), White Musli (dry), Indrajou, Patal Kumhara, Kutj, Ashwagandha, Amla (raw), Savai grass, kanta jhadu, Tikhur, Behan Lakh-Kusumi, Behan Lakh, bel (raw) and berries (raw) .
In the context, Managing Director, Chhattisgarh Minor Small Forest Produce Association Mr. Sanjay Shukla said that Pallas (flower) will be procured at the rate of Rs. 1000 per quintal i.e. at the support price fixed by the Association. Similarly, white musli (dry) will be purchased at the rate of Rs 65 thousand, Indrajou at Rs 15 thousand, patal kumhara at 3 thousand rupees and kutaj (bark) at the rate of one thousand 100 rupees per quintal, Ashwagandha will be procured at the rate of 32 thousand 500 rupees, Amla raw at 2 thousand 800 rupees, Savai grass at one thousand 400 rupees and kata jhaadu at 2 thousand 300 rupees per quintal. Similarly, Tikhur will be purchased at the rate of Rs. 2 thousand 500 per quintal, Behan Lakh-Kusmi at Rs. 30 thousand per quintal and Behan Lakh-Rangini at Rs. 22 thousand per quintal, bel (raw) will be procured at the rate of one thousand rupees and berries (raw) at the rate of 2 thousand 300 rupees per quintal.
31 small forest produce that were being purchased at support price earlier include sal seed, harra, tamarind seeds, chironji kernels, mahua seeds, kusumi lac, rangini lac, kal megh, bahera, nagarmotha, kullu gond, puwar, bel guda, honey, kata jhadu and Mahua flower (dry), Jamun seed (dry), Kaunch seed, Dhawai flower (dry), Karanja seed, and Amla (with seed) and flower tamarind (seedless), Giloy and Bhelwa, basil seed, cumin seed, Tamarind seed, Behera Kacharia, Harra Kacharia, Neem seed. State Government has also been providing bonus in addition to the procurement of Kusumi Lakh, Rangini Lakh and Kullu Gond at support price.