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Airport Authority of India (AAI) has allotted space to Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED) for opening of Tribes India outlets at Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Udaipur (Rajasthan) and Kolkata (West Bengal) airports. Tribes India Outlets will provide good opportunity to market tribal products and help to promote tribes India as brand among target customers.Besides, AAI also has offered TRIFED spaces at international airports at Dehradun (Uttarakhand), Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Pune (Maharashtra), Goa, Coimbatore (Tamil Nadu), Lucknow (UP), Amritsar (Punjab) and Gangtok (Sikkim) for setting up of Tribes India Outlets.
Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Limited (TRIFED)
TRIFED is multi-State Cooperative Society under Ministry of Tribal Affairs. It was established in August 1987 under Multi State Cooperative Societies Act 1984 (now been replaced by Multi-State Cooperative Societies Act, 2002). It is headquartered in New Delhi.
It aims at promoting economic development of tribal communities of country through marketing development and sustained upgradation of their skills and products. It achieves this by promoting and marketing tribal products, tribal art and crafts within country and abroad by providing marketing support to tribal products through its network of retail outlets.
It also organizes exhibitions like National Tribal Craft Expo called “Aadi Mahotsav” etc. to promote and market tribal products. It also facilitates participation of tribal artisans to enable them to interact directly with art lovers to assess market needs.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched Van Dhan Scheme of Ministry of Tribal Affairs and Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India (TRIFED) during the celebrations of Ambedkar Jayanti (April 14) at Bijapur, Chattisgarh. PM also inaugurated first model Van Dhan Vikas Kendra under the scheme in Bijapur.
Van Dhan Scheme
The scheme aims at economic development of tribals involved in collection of Minor Food Produces (MFPs) by helping them in optimum utilization of natural resources and provide them sustainable livelihood. Under it, 10 Self Help Groups (SHGs) of 30 Tribal gatherers will be constituted.
The SHGs will then be trained and provided with working capital to add value to products they collect from forest. They will be able to market their products, by working under leadership of collector, not only within states but also outside states.
TRIFED will be provide all required training and technical support to SHGs. They will be trained on sustainable harvesting, collection, primary processing and value addition. They will be formed into clusters to aggregate their stock in tradable quantity and link them with facility of primary processing in Van Dhan Vikas Kendra.
Van Dhan Vikas Kendra will be established under scheme will provide skill upgradation and capacity building training and setting up of primary processing and value addition facility. It will be used for training of beneficiaries by providing them equipment and tools for primary level processing and infrastructure and building for housing.
The SHGs will supply their stock after primary processing to State Implementing Agencies or can directly tie up with corporate secondary processor. Big corporates will create secondary level value addition facility at district level and tertiary level value addition facility at state level under the PPP model.
The PPP model will be based on utilising Private entrepreneur skills in undertaking processing as well as marketing of the produce. The central and state governments will provide necessary support by creating infrastructure and providing enabling environment for undertaking value addition of systematic scientific lines.