Raipur: As per the wish of Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel, keeping in view the interest of forest-dwellers, for the first time in Chhattisgarh, key decision has been taken for the procurement of 25 minor forest produces. Forest Minister Shri Mohammed Akbar informed that earlier till the year 2018, just 7 Minor Forest Produces were being procured on support price in the state.To provide greater employment opportunities to the forest dwellers by the new government, the number of minor forest produce purchased on the support price was increased to 23, which has now been furthur increased to 25. This will provide greater opportunities of employment to the people living in Vananchal.At the same time, their financial position will also get strengthened.
Forest Minister Shri Akbar informed that now Giloy and Bhelwa have also been included in the purchase of these minor forest produce. Before this, 23 minor forest produce including Sal seed, Harra, Emli seed, Chironji kernels, Mahua seed, Kusumi lac, Rangini lac, Kaal Megh, Bahera, Nagarmotha, Kullu gum, Puvad, Bel pulp, honey, flower broom, Mahua Phool (dry), Jamun seed (dry), Kaunch seed, Dhawai flower (dry), Karanja seed, Bibding and Amla (including seed) and Phool emli (seedless) were being purchased. He also added that besides the support price in the purchase of Kusumi Lakh, Rangini Lakh and Kullu Gum, additional incentive amount is also being given by the state government.
It is noteworthy that revised purchase rates have also been announced by the Government of India for procurement of these minor forest produce at the minimum support price. The revised rates of minor forest produce have come into effect from May 1, 2020. Under this, the revised rates for emli with seed has been increased from Rs. 31 to Rs. 36, mahua seeds increased from Rs. 25 to Rs. 29, Kaal megh increased from Rs. 33 to Rs. 35, Nagarmotha increased from Rs. 27 to Rs. 30 and procurement rate of Bel pulp has been increased from Rs. 27 to Rs. 30 per kg . Similarly honey increased from 195 rupees to 225 rupees, flower broom increased from 30 rupees to 50 rupees, mahua flower (dry) increased from 17 rupees to 30 rupees, berries seed (dry) increased from 36 rupees to 42 rupees, c
Konch seed 18 rupees to 21 rupees, Dhawai flower (dry) has been increased from Rs. 32 to Rs. 37 and Karanja seed has been increased from Rs. 19 to Rs. 22 per kg.
Apart from this, rate for Baaybadig increased from Rs 81 to Rs 94, Amla (seedless) increased from Rs 45 to Rs 52, Flower tamarind (seedless) increased from Rs 54 to Rs 63, sal seed 20 rupees to 20 rupees, chironji kernels increased from Rs 109 to 126 Rupees, Harra 15 rupees to 15 rupees, Bahera 17 rupees to 17 rupees and Puwar (Charauta seed) from 14 rupees to 16 rupees per kilogram. Giloy has been increased from Rs 21 to Rs 40, Bhelwa has been increased from Rs 8 to Rs 9 per kg. Apart from this, Kusumi Lac rate has been increased from Rs. 203 lakhs to Rs. 275 per kg by Government of India, which has been further increased by Rs. 25 to Rs. 300 per kg by Chhattisgarh Government. Similarly, Rangini Lakh rate has been increased from Rs. 130 to Rs. 200 per kg by Goverment of India, which has also been increased to Rs. 220 by the Government of Chhattisgarh, providing an increment of Rs. 20 per kg. Apart from this, Kullu gum rate has been increased from Rs. 98 to Rs. 114 per kg by the Government of India, which has been increased by Rs. 11 to Rs. 125 per kg by the Government of Chhattisgarh.