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Minor Forest Produce

Minor Forest Produce:

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