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Sal seeds

 Source: DTE

 Context: The government-owned Tribal Development Co-operative Corporation of Odisha Ltd (TDCCOL) decided to procure sal seeds (Shorea robusta) from nine Odisha districts.


The move, which comes after a gap of three years, intends to arrest the distress sale of the minor forest produce (MFP).


About Sal Trees:

  • The sal tree is native to India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Tibet and across the Himalayan regions.
  • Habitat: Dense dry deciduous forests, on hill slopes, and flat grounds and in evergreen moist forests
  • It is found where the soil is deep
  • It is resistant to fire, and thus often a dominant tree in Indian forests.
  • Classified under the Minor Forest Produce and state government provides Minimum Support Price