Monday, 9 July 2018

VAN DHAN SCHEME



It has been launched by Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) to help increase tribal income through Value Addition.
• It is an initiative for targeting livelihood generation for tribals by harnessing non-timber forest produces, the true wealth of forest i.e. Van Dhan with an estimated value: Rs.2 Lakh Cr. per year.
• It also aims at building upon the traditional knowledge & skill sets of tribals by adding technology & IT for value addition.
• Further it is to set-up tribal community owned Van Dhan Vikas Kendras (the Kendra) in predominantly forested tribal districts.
• The establishment of “Van Dhan Vikas Kendra” is for providing skill upgradation and capacity building training and setting up of primary processing and value addition facility.
• A Kendra shall constitute of 10 tribal SHGs, each comprising of upto 30 tribal NTFP gatherers or artisans i.e. about 300 beneficiaries per Kendra.
• Value addition assumes critical importance in ensuring remunerative prices to the tribals in this approach. Three stage value addition would be the corner stone for enhancing incomes of the tribals under the scheme.
• The grass root level procurement is proposed to be undertaken through Self Help Groups associated with implementing agencies.
• These SHGs shall be appropriately trained on sustainable harvesting/collection, primary processing & value addition and be formed into clusters so as to aggregate their stock in tradable quantity and linking them with facility of primary processing in a Van Dhan Vikas Kendra.





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