In Chhattisgarh state, the abundance of small forest produce and better arrangements for its purchase at the support price by the state government has made the days of forest dwellers dull. The revolutionary decisions made by the Chhattisgarh government under the leadership of Chief Minister Shri Bhupesh Baghel to revive the lives of forest dwellers and minor forest produce in the last two years have now made the minor forest produce sold at a quarter of the price. The direct benefit of which forest produce collectors are getting here. This is the reason that Chhattisgarh state has become the top state in the country in terms of collection of minor forest produce. Chhattisgarh has established a new record in the state by purchasing 73 percent of the country’s forest produce. Chhattisgarh is the only state in the country where 52 types of minor forest produce are being purchased at a support price. Due to this, the forest dwellers and forest produce collectors are getting direct benefits.
The Government of Chhattisgarh has started a rapid initiative in the direction of value addition of small forest produce. Vananchal project has been started in the state. The objective of which is to provide direct and indirect employment opportunities by raising the value of small forest produce collected by forest dwellers by establishing small forest produce based industries in forest areas.