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Ministry of Tribal Affairs to expand Van Dhan Vikas Kendras in Tribal Districts across the country.
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About the Project
As per the plan, TRIFED will facilitate the establishment of Minor Forest Produce -led multi-purpose Van DhanVikas Kendra, a cluster of 10 SHGs comprising of 30 tribal MFP gatherers each, in the tribal areas. This initiative is aimed at mainstreaming the tribal community by promoting primary level value addition to MFP at the grassroots level.
Through this initiative, the share of tribals in the value chain of Non-Timber Forest Produce is expected to rise from the present 20% to around 60%.
The scheme will be implemented through Ministry of Tribal Affairs as Nodal Department at the Central Level and TRIFED as Nodal Agency at the National Level. At State level, the State Nodal Agency for MFPs and the District collectors are envisaged to play a pivot role in scheme implementation at the grassroots level.