As per the provision of
the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition
of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, ‘Minor Forest Produce’ includes all
non-timber forest produce of plant origin including bamboo, brush wood,
stumps, cane, tussar, cocoons, honey, wax, lac, tendu or tendu leaves,
medicinal plants and herbs, roots, tubers and the like. However, Dr. T.
Haque Committee constituted by M/o Panchayati Raj to look into aspects
of Minimum Support Price (MSP), Value addition and marketing of Minor
Forest Produce (MFP) in Fifth Schedule Areas, had made certain
recommendations about Minimum Support Price (MSP) for the Minor Forest
Produce (MFP). Based on these recommendations and to ensure remunerative
returns to MFP gatherers, a Central Sector Scheme of MSP for MFP has
been contemplated. However, details of such a scheme have not been
worked out as yet.
No such proposal has been received from State Governments so far as
Ministry of Tribal Affairs is concerned.
This information was given by the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs,
Shri Mahadeo Singh Khandela in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.