Minor Forest Produce

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Tribal people in Odisha are struggling for approvals from the forest department to sell Kendu leaf which is a minor forest produce.

About Minor Forest Produce: 

  • The Scheduled Tribe and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, 2006, or Forest Rights Act (FRA), defines ‘minor forest produce’ as any non-timber forest product of plant origin.
  • This includes various items such as bamboo, brush wood, stumps, cane, tussar, cocoons, honey, wax, lac, kendu leaves, medicinal plants, herbs, roots, tubers and similar items.
  • In simple terms, it encompasses all other forest products, excluding timber.

What is Kendu Leaf?

  • Kendu Leaf is called the green gold of Odisha. It is a nationalized product like Bamboo and Sal seed.
  • It is one of the most important non-wood forest products of Odisha.
  • It is also referred to as tendu leaf in some parts of the country and is used to roll tobacco into bidis (local cigarettes).
  • Production:
    • The states producing kendu leaves in India comprise mainly Madhya Pradesh, Chhatisgarh, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand, Gujarat, and Maharastra.
    • Odisha is the third-largest producer of kendu leaf after Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Q1: What is a Tuber?

It is a specialized storage stem of certain seed plants. Tubers are usually short and thickened and typically grow below the soil.

Source: Odisha tribals await forest department nod to sell kendu leaf worth Rs 34 lakh