RESOURCE SURVEY AND ETHNOBOTANICAL SURVEY
Resource survey has been completed under the project named "Non-timber Forest Produce based Employment oriented project" nourished by European Commission in which 2582 and 2789 sample plots is established in the year 2007 & 2008 respectively. During survey, information of 486 species is collected in which 123 trees, 62 shrubs, 01 Palm, 58 climbers, 212 branch, 07 fern and 23 grass species is included. By analysis of data received from survey a booklet named "Chhattisgarh Rajya ki vanaspatic prajatiyon ka sansadhan survekshan prativedan" is published and distributed.
On basis of availability of medicinal plants in the state an ethnobotanical survey has been conducted at selected 21 District Union by Chhattisgarh Minor Forest Produce Federation. On the above survey 418 traditional healers (Vaidhya) were interviewed and 3399 traditional herbal formulation were documented. On the basis of information received from traditional healers (Vaidhya) a booklet named "Ek drishti mein Chhattisgarh rajya ki Paramparagat chikitsa padhti" is published. On above mentioned survey site is identified for Vanaushdhalaya and Vanaushdhalaya is established. After construction of Vanaushdhalaya building on the selected sites Vaidhyas of local areas are selected & appointed at Vanaushdhalayas. The work of traditional healing is practiced by Vaidhya and prescribed honorarium is provided to them. 48 Vanaushdhalayas are being operated in the state & training for these appointed Vaidhyas is given by State Health Resource Centre Raipur and with association of Ayush Department.
VANAUSHADHI PROCESSING CENTRE
On the basis of Self help Groups 06 Manufacturing Centres are established under European Commission project. Donganala (District Union Katghora), Panchakki (District Union Jashpur), Keonchi (District Union Marwahi), Keshodar (District Union Gariyaband), Narayanpur (District Union Narayanpur) and Kurandi (District Union Jagdalpur) are the places in the state where centres are being operated. Drug licences of total 90 Ayurvedic medicines are received and manufacturing activities are going on under the above mentioned Vanoushadhi processing centre. Trading of medicines manufactured by centres is done by NWFP Mart and Sanjeevani's. Self help groups who worked in these centres follow the instructions of Ayush Department and time to time training is also provided to them. The groups associated with these units get additional employment through this work.
HONEY COLLECTION AND HONEY PROCESSING
Good quality of Honey is found in the forest areas of Chhattisgarh in rich quantity. For providing proper rate to the honey collectors rate of raw honey is fixed by Chhattisgarh Minor Forest Produce Federation which is Rs. 150/- at present. Time to time rate of raw honey is revised according to market rate by which collectors are benefitted. Honey collection microenterprises are established under honey collection centers at District Union Katghora, Marwahi, Rajnandgaon & Dharamjaygarh. Training on collection of honey through sustainable harvesting technique and quality control has been provided to the honey collectors by Chhattisgarh Minor Forest Produce Federation with guidance of subject matter specialist CSV Wardha (Centre of Science for Villages) and important tool kits for honey collection is also distributed.
Honey collection in the above centres of states is processed and bottled in the honey processing centres established at District Union Bilaspur, Jashpur Nagar, Kawardha and East Bhanuprattappur and the product is sold by the name of "Chhattisgarh Herbals" through Sanjeevani & NWFP Mart. Market demand of processed honey is very high.