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• India has 16,000 recorded plant species. About 3,000 of these yield minor forest produce (MFP).

• Nearly 500 million people living in and around forests in India depend on MFP for sustenance and as a supplement to their income

• Studies in Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Bihar indicate that over 80 per cent of forest dwellers depend entirely on MFP; 17 per cent of landless people depend on the daily wage labour of collecting MFP; and 39 per cent of people are involved in MFP collection as a subsidiary occupation

• MFP-based small-scale enterprises provide up to 50 per cent of income for 20-30 per cent of the rural labour force in India

• 55 per cent of employment in the forestry sector is attributed to the MFP sub-sector

• Over 50 per cent of the revenues earned by the forest department comes from MFP. Growth of revenues from MFP have generally been 40 per cent higher than timber

• The share of total export earnings from MFP ranges from 56.5 per cent to 75 per cent of the total exports of forest produce including timber

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