Pradhan Mantri Van Dhan Yojana was launched on 14th April 2018 by the Honorable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi under TRIFED, Ministry of Tribal Affairs.
The welfare of Plain Tribes and Backward Classes (WPT&BC) is the State Nodal Agency to look after the flagship scheme in the state.
Assam Plains Tribes Development Corporation Ltd. (APTDC) is the State Implementing Agency for the scheme.
Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE) is Involved as Resource Agency for VDVK clusters across the state.
PMVDY for Assam was launched at the Indian Institute of Entrepreneurship (IIE), Guwahati on 5th November 2019.
Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price and development of value chain of Minor forest produce.
- 1. Modernization of Haat Bazaars: Under this model MPMFP Federation developed ‘Apni Dhukan’ near to selected Haat Bazaars. These units will be used for the procurement of MFPs from the collectors at MSP rate, which is declared by the government.
2. Small Godowns (Capacity up to 50 MT): These Godowns are constructed for storing the MFPs collected from Haat Bazaars. One Godown will be linked to two or three Modernized Haat Bazaars.
Modernizations of Haats
The identified MFPs will be procured from the gatherers at village/ haat level centers where the gatherers bring their produce after collection, drying, cleaning & grading for sale. State agencies have to establish an adequate number of such procurement centers. In some States, the Governments have already taken measures to provide facilities like construction of platforms, shades, etc. However, in many other States, the purchase & sale of commodities (MFP/SAP, etc.) in haats is done in the open and thus buyers and sellers have to face a lot of problems during the rainy & hot summer season. In order to improve the condition of these places and establish a formal structure where trading can take place in a systematic manner, Haats shall be modernized.
Modernization of haats will be done by State agencies in consultation with Gram
Sabha/ Panchayat and District Administration.
Creation of storage facilities at aggregation points
The stocks procured by State designated agencies in each haat bazaar may be too small and therefore, would need to be transported to the aggregation centers from where bulk quantity will be transported to the centrally located godown/ cold storage exist or to be provided. Therefore, it is essential to establish a godown of 50 MTs at block level to aggregate the stocks procured at each haat.
The idea is to establish an infrastructure where examples of livelihood through
value addition shall be created. Such examples shall be replicated at other places on its success.