Workshop on Van Dhan and Entrepreneurship Development
February 12, 2020
A workshop on “Van Dhan and Entrepreneurship Development” was held in New Delhi.
This workshop was organised by the Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED).
TRIFED works under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
Discussions about the implementation and expansion of the Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana (PMVDY) were held during the workshop.
PMVDY is a programme meant for the socio-economic development of forest-based tribes.
This programme aims to make use of the traditional knowledge and skills of tribals, and add branding, packaging and marketing skills to sell their products.
Under this programme, Van Dhan Self-help groups (SHG) of 15-20 tribal members are formed.
Around 15 such groups are combined to form a Van Dhan Vikas Kendra (VDVK).
TRIFED supports the VDVKs by providing them with model business plans, processing plans & tentative list of equipment for carrying out the value addition work of NTFPs produced by the tribals.
This programme focuses only on “Non-timber Forest Product” (NTFP) also known as “Minor Forest Produce” (MFP).
These are useful commodities obtained from forests that do not require harvesting trees.
Ministry of Tribal Affairs
Non-timber Forest Product
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