YouthNet in association with Nagaland State Co-operative Marketing & Consumers Federation Ltd. (MARCOFED) and Department of Forest, Environment & Climate Change, Govt. of Nagaland launched Van Dhan Vikas Kendra (VDVK) in Tuophema/Botsa Blocks under Kohima District.
Van Dhan Vikas Karyakram is an initiative of the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and TRIFED and it targets livelihood generation for tribals by harnessing the wealth of forest i.e. Van Dhan. The programme aims to tap into traditional knowledge & skill sets of tribals by adding technology & IT to upgrade it at each stage and to convert the tribal wisdom into a viable economic activity thus transforming them into entrepreneurs.
Under this scheme, tribal community owned MFP-centric multi-purpose Van Dhan Vikas Kendras is set up in Tuophem/Botsa blocks under Kohima District where 10 SHGs/SAMUH comprising of 300 members were trained under the Mechanism for Marketing of Minor Forest Produce (MFP) through Minimum Support Price (MSP) & Development of Value Chain.
The scheme is implemented by YouthNet with Made In Nagaland Centre (MIN) Kohima as common facility centre for procurement and value addition to locally available MFPs and skill-based handicrafts.