More than a million standard bags of tendu leaves have arrived at the different stock points set up by the government across Chhattisgarh.
According to the officials of Chhattisgarh State Minor Forest Produce Cooperative Federation, the arrival of tendu leaves had increased in all the 32 forest divisions across the state. “As of now, 1.40 million standard bags of tendu leaves had been collected at different points,” the officials said.
The federation had set 892 primary cooperative societies under which about 10,000 collection centres had been constituted to stock the tendu patta bags. The officials said tendu leaves worth Rs 114.40 crore had been collected at different centres. Mahasamund forest division ranks top with the collection of 81,000 standard bags of tendu leaves.
Chhattisgarh has been credited with producing the best quality of tendu leaves. The potential of production of Tendu leaves in Chhattisgarh is approximately 20 lacs standard bags annually, which is nearly 20 per cent of the total Tendu leaves production of the country. The collection season is from third week of April to last week of May. The collection season starts earlier in the Southern part of the state in comparison to Northern part of the state.
The Chhattisgarh government took a major policy decision in 2004 that instead of selling leaves from godowns, it will sell it in advance to the purchaser. However the collection of leaves and the payment of the collection wages to the pluckers will be done by the primary co-operative society only.