Research & Development
TRIFED has been undertaking R&D activities by sponsoring research on number of MFPs. In TRIFED’s context, R&D is an important aspect as tribals from diverse income levels, age groups, and cultural backgrounds harvest MFPs for household subsistence, maintaining cultural and family traditions, obtaining spiritual fulfillment, maintaining physical and emotional well-being, scientific learning, and earning income but they still use traditional collection, processing techniques with limited applications and market it as raw or with minimum processing. Most of the NTFPs are underutilized and there are few organizations which are working on the Minor forest produces in the country. It is in this background that R&D on NTFP assumes critical importance for enhancing the income of tribal collector gatherers, reducing drudgery & waste and increasing efficiency of tribals. TRIFED being the apex organization for providing marketing support for tribal products is carrying on the task of sponsoring R&D projects with the financial support of Ministry of Tribal Affairs.