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Title: Traditional processing of non- timber forest products in Cachar, Assam, India
Authors: Dattagupta, Shovan
Gupta, Abhik
Keywords: Traditional processing;NTFPs;Value addition;Forest management;Cachar;Assam
Issue Date: Apr-2014
Publisher: NISCAIR-CSIR, India
IPC Code: Int. Cl.8: A61K 36/00, A01, A01G 23/00
Abstract: Non timber forest products (NTFPs) play significant role in the protection of the livelihood safety net of the forest dwellers of North East India. The present study has the objectives of documenting the traditional knowledge pertaining to the processing of non-timber forest products in the Inner Line Reserve Forest (ILRF) of Cachar district, Assam, India. This forest harbours about 21 commercially important NTFPs, 8 of which are subjected to different traditional processing techniques before marketing to ensure their durability and enhanced resistance to fungal and insect attacks. The methodology adopted for conducting this study comprised household survey, interview, focal group discussion, and seasonal field surveys with enumeration of important NTFP taxa. Different traditional processing technologies such as smoking of the product on bamboo trays, sun drying on elevated racks, boiling, etc. comprise simple, cost-effective yet efficient ways of value addition to the products.
Page(s): 427-433
ISSN: 0975-1068 (Online); 0972-5938 (Print)
Appears in Collections:IJTK Vol.13(2) [April 2014]

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