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Non Timber Forest Products: Institutional Mechanism for Fair Returns to Primary Collectors

Publisher: Ministry of Environment and Forests

The importance of Non Timber Forest Products (NTFPs) contributing to rural livelihoods and alleviating rural poverty is well known. It is estimated that about 100 million people especially communities living inside and on the fringes of forest areas depend on NTFP for food, shelter, medicine, cash income etc. Studies conducted in some states have shown that contribution of NTFPs to the total income of the households varied between 10 to 70 percent and majority of the forest dwellers depend on forests for 25 to 50 percent of their food requirements. Apart from meeting subsistence and cash income needs of the dependent communities, NTFPs also support large number of small to large scale enterprises engaged in processing and/or trading of NTFP and NTFP based products. In many states NTFPs contribute major proportion of the revenue of the State Forest Departments, for instance, during the last 5 years more than 70 percent of the revenue of Orissa Forest Department was contributed by NTFP. The states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh account for more than 75 percent of traded NTFP in India.

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