November 30, 2023

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The Managing Director of TRIFED recently highlighted the role played by Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana in changing the rural forest-dwelling tribal economy.

About Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana:

The Ministry of Tribal Affairs launched Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana in 2018, under the Forest Rights Act of 2005.

  • Aim: To provide remunerative and fair prices to tribal gatherers of their Minor Forest Produces. It could be almost 3 times higher than what would be available to them from middlemen,
  • Components: The scheme is a key component of the ‘Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) & Development of Value Chain for MFP’ Scheme.


  • At the National Level, TRIFED acts as the Nodal Agency.
  • At the State level, the State Nodal Agency for MFPs and
  • Lastly, at the grass-root level, the District collectors will play a pivotal role in scheme implementation.

Key facts:

  • Firstly, under the scheme, Van Dhan Vikas Kendras are set up. These centers cater to 10 Self Help Groups and each group consists of thirty tribal gathers.
  • Secondly, Vikas Kendras provides skill up gradation and capacity building training and helps in setting up of primary processing and value addition facility
  • Thirdly, they are also provided with working capital to add value to the products which they collect from the jungle.
  • Fourthly, working under the leadership of Collector these groups can then market their products not only within the States but also outside the States. TRIFED provides training and technical support.
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