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Collection of Tendu Leaves is done by the Primary Co-operative Societies of actual pluckers of Tendu Leaves.

Functional Structure of MFP Trade

Madhya Pradesh State Minor Forest Produce (Trading & Development) Co-operative Federation Ltd. is the apex organization in a three tier structure. In 1988, the Madhya Pradesh Government decided to totally eliminate the middlemen in collection, storage and trade of Minor Forest Produce, and authorized the formation of Co-operative Societies of actual collectors.

To implement this decision, a three tier Co-operative structure was designed. At the primary level, 1947 Primary Forest Produce Co-operative Societies were constituted with the membership of only actual pluckers; the Chairman of the society was chosen from the members only. Later on, elections were held in all the primary societies. After reorganisation of the state, there are 1066 Primary Forest Produce Co-operative Societies in the new state of M.P.

At the secondary level, 44 District Forest Produce Co-operative Unions were formed under the Chairmanship of the District Collector. Their number was subsequently increased from time to time. Presently 60 District Unions are functioning. Elections have been held for most of the District Unions and elected Chairmen are functioning in them.

Madhya Pradesh State Minor Forest Produce Co-operative Federation, which had come into existence in 1984, is at the apex level of this setup. At present, it also has an elected Board of Directors and an elected Chairman.

According to the instructions of Madhya Pradesh Government, by appointing buyers in the tendu leaf-producing areas in advance, these buyers are being provided with the collected tendu leaves through primary cooperative societies from the collection centers (Phad). Tendu leaves, which remained unsold in the advance tender, are being processed through committees at the departmental level after treatment, transportation, and warehousing.