Medicinal Plants & Other Non Timber Forest Produce



Project 01: “Sustainable model for livelihood upgrade of the tribal population in Gadchiroli District, Maharashtra, through scientific cultivation practices for medicinal plants with the back up support of laboratory studies for quality control”, funded by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India

Major share of revenue of forest department comes from NTFPs, 1/3rd of forests in Maharashtra’s Vidarbha region and Gadchiroli is thickly forested.. So it is an ideal place to create this model as is here. Farmers here are in dire need of supplementary income. This can be linked with rural entrepreneurship in future.
This selected species to be propagated with back up support of laboratory studies for quality control are :
a. Pluchea lanciolata (Rasna) b. Uraria picta (Prushanaparni) c. Premna serratofilia (Angnimantha)


  • Ex-situ conservation of selected medicinally-economically important plant species
  • Create an economically viable and sustainable model of cultivation practices for five medicinal herbs using GAP (Good Agricultural Practices), so that quality raw material of consistent standard can be provided on regular basis
  • Developing and adopting scientific protocol for : Seed germination, Soil requirement, Cultivation, Yield monitoring, Harvesting

Project 02: “Documenting indigenous medicinal knowledge of the tribal and forest fringe community in Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra”,
co-funded by National Academy of Sciences India (NASI), Allahabad

Gadchiroli district of Vidarbha regionin Eastern Maharashtra is predominantly tribal (11.25% Scheduled Caste (SC) and 38.71% Scheduled Tribe (ST) population), heavily forested (70%) and highly underdeveloped. Here the tribal folks have limited access to formal healthcare on account of remote locations, related communication issues and so on. On the other hand, Indigenous Medicinal Knowledge (IMK) remains a vital source of healthcare, and it also becomes an important source of income; indeed IMK forms an integral part of the tribal community’s cultural identity. Our efforts are to acknowledge the contribution made by traditional healers in community health care in tribal locations of Gadchiroli district with an aim to support AYUSH hospitals in outreach community care. This will be achieved by giving insights for IEC Campaigns in AYUSH system for reducing disease burden in particular area.

Target Groups (disaggregate by gender and location) :

  • Vaidus, men and women, across the district (~100 nos)
  • Native tribal communities with tehsil as a unit where possible
  • Community Based Organisations

Project 03: “Integrated Dhanora Development Plan (I-DDP)”

Intervention Matrix

Integrated Dhanora (Block) Development Plan is essentially putting together need based, site specific, livelihood interventions infused and budgeted under the STRC Annual Action Plan. This cluster oriented interventions will be implemented in a phased manner in ten villages. “Family” remains as the smallest unit of intervention where a bucket list of multiple income generating activities such as Medicinal Plant Cultivation, Horticulture, Aquaculture, Poultry, Bamboo Craft, Low Cost Solar Cooker etc. are designed and proposed, keeping the resource utilization potential, scope of technology adoption of the target beneficiary (family) in mind.
STRC would strive to empower and educate people to participate and make informed choices, help organize community institutions, encourage active participation and be part of the decision making process, through targeted mobilizations carve out a unique space for the set of beneficiaries.

  • STRC aims to develop model villages in line with the CILLAGE concept, a brain child of Dr. Anil Kakodkar, Chaiman, RGSTC-Mumbai
  • A Bio Resource Centre will be subsequently developed as a hub of low cost technology solutions and to disseminate information
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