Delhi Haat is going to host ‘Aadi Mahotsav’, a celebration of the spirit of tribal culture, cuisine and commerce, from November 16, 2017 to November 30, 2017. Ministry of Tribal Affairs along with Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation (TRIFED) will jointly organised the Fair.
Informing about the Fair, Leena Nair, Secretary, Ministry of Tribal Affairs, in a curtain raiser press conference in New Delhi, said, “The festival will feature exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery and much more through 160 stalls. In line with the national aspiration to go cashless, for the first time the tribal merchandise stalls will be accepting payment through major credit and debit cards.
Over 480 tribal artisans from over 25 States will be participating in the festival. A special feature of the festival is Tribal India cuisine, recreated and presented in delectable forms to suit urban tastes by special tribal chefs. Further, tribal music and dance will be showcased at the venue every evening from 6.30 PM to 8.30 PM. Nearly 250 artists from 20 States are expected to perform during the festival, the top bureaucrat said.
MSP for MFP Scheme
Minor Forest Produce (MFP) is a major source of livelihood for tribals who belong to the poorest of the poor section of society. The importance of MFPs for this section of the society can be gauged from the fact that around 100 million forest dwellers depend on MFPs for food, shelter, medicines and income. It provides them critical subsistence during the lean seasons, particularly for primitive tribal groups such as hunter gatherers, and the landless. Tribals derive 20-40% of their annual income from MFPs .This activity has strong linkage to women’s financial empowerment as most of the MFPs are collected and sold by women. MFP sector has the potential to create about 10 million workdays annually in the country.
Government of India has taken a number of initiatives for socio-economic development of tribals like introduction Forest Rights Act, 2006 (Section- 3), PESA Act, 1996 (Section -4), and has been implementing schemes for development of MFP by providing financial support to State TDCCs and TRIFED for market development of MFPs. Recognising the critical importance which MFPs hold for tribals and the potential to generate large scale employment opportunities empowering the tribals, Government of India introduced a scheme for providing fair price for the MFP collected by tribals through Minimum Support Price (MSP).
The scheme was ready for implementation in March 2014 after a series of studies conducted by the Planning Commission since 2007 (Haque Committee & Sudha Pillai Committee) the recommendation of which supports providing support price to MFP gatherers, enhance their income level and ensure sustainable harvesting of MFPs. The MSP scheme seeks to establish a framework to ensure fair prices for the produce collected by them, assurance of buying at a particular price, primary processing, storage, transportation among other facilities while ensuring sustainability of the resource base. The scheme is applicable for implementation in all the States across India.
The focus is on setting up the basic infrastructure at the village Haat Bazzar where the tribals bring their forest produce on head loads. Due emphasis is to be given to primary value addition at the village level and secondary and tertiary value addition in PPP mode at the next level.
TRIFED an organisation under the Ministry of Tribal Affairs, is engaged in marketing development of tribal products including tribal arts & crafts under the brand name “Tribes India”. The main mandate of TRIFED is capability enhancement of the tribals, promotion of tribal products and creation of marketing opportunities for the tribals with a view to ensuring them fair prices for their products and augmenting their income on sustainable basis.
“Tribes India” showrooms offer a range of tribal products of different parts of the country, which include metal craft, tribal textiles, jewellery, tribal paintings, cane & bamboo, pottery, gifts and novelties, organic and natural products sourced from tribals at their places of habitats.
From a single store in 1999 at Delhi, now TRIFED has established a chain of 42 retail outlets out of which 29 are its own outlets across India besides tie-ups with as many as 13 State level Emporiums. The idea is to provide opportunities to the tribal artisans of the country to market their products on a sustained basis. TRIFED plans to expand this network to other cities as well, so as to provide a larger market for tribal products.