MP MFP Federation

MP MFP Federation

Madhya Pradesh is endowed with rich forest wealth. Out of a total geographical area of 3,08,252 Sq.Kms. of the State, 31% of the area is classified as forest area. There are many important Non Timber Forest Produce (NTFP) including medicinal plants found in the forests eg. Tendu leaves or Bidi leaves (Diospyros melonoxylon), Sal Seed(Shorea robusta), Chebulic Myrobolan or Harra (Terminalia chebula), Gum, Chironji (Buchanania lanzan), flower and seeds of Mahua (Madhuca indica) and flowers, seeds, bark & roots of various plant species. Tendu leaves, Sal seed and Kullu Gum are nationalized forest produce in the state (state having monopoly over their trade) whereas the other NTFP are non-nationalized. These non-nationalized NTFP can be collected and traded freely.

In order to give benefits to forest dwellers in collection and trade of forest produce, the Madhya Pradesh State Minor Forest Produce (Trading & Development) Cooperative Federation (MP MFP Federation) was formed in 1984. This Federation coordinates collection and processing of Tendu leaves, Sal seed & Kullu Gum through Primary Forest Produce Cooperative Societies in the districts of the state which are forest produce areas and organizes disposal of these produce. In addition, other non-nationalised NTFP are also being collected and traded by the Primary Forest Produce Cooperative Societies.

MP MFP Federation is also processing & marketing herbal products & honey under the brand name “Vindhya Herbals”. A processing & research facility “Minor Forest Produce Processing & Research Centre” (MFP-PARC) has been established at Van Parisar, Barkheda Pathani, Near BHEL, Bhopal. In addition to MFP-PARC processing units are also working at Rehti (District Sehore), Barman (District Narsinghpur), Katni, Panna & Dewas. These units are also providing herbal products for “Vindhya Herbals” brand.

73rd Amendment to the constitution has provided for devolution of power to the Panchayati Raj Institutions. In a landmark legislation, the Parliament enacted the provisions of the Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act 1996, which has provided for endowing Panchayats at the appropriate level with the ownership of NTFP.

Consequent to this, Madhya Pradesh became the first state in the country to decide upon transfer of ownership of NTFP to the Gram Sabhas (Local Level Panchayati Raj Institutions). It was decided to the state Government to transfer all the net income from the trade of NTFP to the Primary Forest Produce Societies. MP MFP Federation distributes the profits as under:

  • 60% to the Collector of NTFP
  • 20% for the development of NTFP and regeneration of Forests
  • Balance for infrastructure development/ cash payments.