BARIPADA: The Forest division has determined to arrange three clusters for direct procurement of sal leaves from native forest dwellers in Mayurbhanj district in a bid to curb exploitation by middlemen and enhance livelihoods.
The clusters will come up in Baripada, Karanjia and Rairangpur sub-divisions beneath the aegis of Odisha Forestry Sector Improvement Mission (OFSDP) in collaboration with Japan Worldwide Cooperation Company (JICA).
Within the absence of amenities, forest dwellers within the tribal-dominated district often promote sal leaves to middlemen at throwaway costs. Speaking to The New Indian Express on Sunday, Regional Chief Conservator of Forest (RCCF) and Area Director of Similipal Tiger Reserve M Yogajayanand stated the clusters will open after a month and members of Vana Surakshya Samiti (VSS) and native women-led self assist teams (WSHG) can be concerned within the operations.
“The division will maintain procurement whereas VSS and SHG members will make sal plates. They can even be remunerated for the work,” he stated, including that efforts can be made to ascertain market linkage each inside and out of doors the district and State.
The development work for clusters was delayed because of the pandemic however is now in a last state. Monetary help has already been offered to authorities involved, to acquire vital tools and equipment to make the clusters operational, the RCCF stated.