Social Economics branch was established in 1988. The branch conducts research on social, economic, utilization and marketing aspects related to forestry. The broad areas of research are:

Social Economics

  • Forestry in context of socio- economic development and tribal economy.
  • People participation in JFM and other forestry programmes.
  • Climate change  adaptation and mitigation

Marketing

  • Marketing of forestry products
  • Marketing Information Service

Utilization

  • Forest based industries and rural development.
  • NWFP processing

Archive

  • Maintenance of Forest Archive.
  • Restoration and Preservation of old records.

 

Scientist & Head

   
Name: Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar, HOD
Designation: Marketing Specialist
Educational Qualification: M.A (Economics) Ph.D 
Branch : Social Economics and Marketing Branch 
Mobile: 9826905907
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Research Experience

She joined the institute in 1988 and now heads Social Economics and Marketing Branch at State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur. She has  undertaken 40 Research projects on tribals, economic potential of NTFPs, their marketing and processing , forest valuation, archive collection old heritage records of M.P. Forest deptt. She has organised a number of training programmes for village level communities, evolved the market information service project which is ongoing for 15 years and she is editor of Van Dhan Vyapar and one of the editors of Journal of Tropical Forestry Scientists. She has traveled widely and has been invited to number of countries to present research papers. She is active member of a number of scientific societies. She has contributed about 100 research papers published in National and International journals, Books, Bulletins, notes etc. 

   
Name: Alok Kumar Raikwar
Designation: Technical Asstt.
Education: M.Com (Marketing )
Branch: Social Economics and Marketing Branch
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Mobile : 9685159807

Research Experience

He has been working in the Institute for past 14 years. His area of work is Marketing Information Service (MIS) networking with traders, cultivators, ISM Industries. He has been involved in training  programmes and workshops. He compiles market information for quarterly newsletter Van Dhan Vyapar. He is currently assisting in a study on Value chain analysis, earlier, demand and supply study  of traders medicinal plants and ISM industries has been done. He has contributed  research papers and articles.

   
Name: Vijay Bahadur Singh
Designation: Technical Asstt.
Education: M.A (Social Science )
Branch: Social Economics and Marketing Branch
Mobile : 9425148406

Research Experience

He joined the Institute in 2003 and has been assisting in the project on Standardization of primary processing and driage techniques of important medicinal species. He also compiled sawn capacity data of saw mills in Madhya Pradesh. Currently he is working of forest archive upgradation in Archive record rooms of SFRI, which maintains old records of SFRI and Forest Department.

   
Name: Rajesh Barman
Designation: Sales Promotion Representative, Katni
Education: B.Com, PGDCA
Branch: Social Economics and Marketing Branch
Contact No. : 9981654243
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Research Experience

He has working since 2010 assisting in the MIS Project and he is based in Market Analysis Centre Katni representing in eastern zone of Madhya Pradesh. He conducts surveys and organizes workshops on important medicinal plants. He also networks with the collectors, traders, and processors. The work comprises of collection of market information, market promotion and  Market research. Presently he is doing a study on Value chain analysis of 2 NTFPs in eastern zone. He has assisted in the demand and supply of medicinal plants and ISM industries. He has contributed research papers and articles.

   
Name: Nitin Jaiswal
Designation: Sales Promotion Representative, Indore
Education: MBA 
Branch: Social Economics and Marketing Branch
Contact No. : 9893812371
Email : neetin_jaiswal@ yahoo.com

Research Experience

He has working since 2010  in the project Strengthening of MIS cell and establishment of five regional market data collection and analysis centres He represent the Market Analysis Centre located at Indore and covers the western Zone of Madhya Pradesh. This area is important for cultivation of medicinal species. He communicates with the traders and ISM industries of medicinal plants. He works on market information, promotion and market research for  the zone.

   
Name: Mukesh Gawane
Designation: Sales Promotion Representative, Chhindawara
Education: MA (Political Science)
Branch: Social Economics and Marketing Branch
Contact No. : 9424991589
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Research Experience

He works in the project “Strengthening of MIS cell and establishment of five regional market data collection and analysis centres in M.P. ”. assisting in the  MIS  Project. He is based in market analysis centre Chhindwara representing in southern zone of Madhya Pradesh. He conducts surveys and organizes workshops, meetings in village area on important medicinal plants. This  area important for best quality for wild Chironji, Bel, Anola, etc. species. He communicate with the collectors, traders and processors and collect market information.

   
Name :Balram Kumar Lodhi
Designation: SRF
Branch : Social Economics and Marketing Branch
Qualification: M.Sc.(Zoology)
Technical Qualification-Diploma in Computer Application
Mobile No. 918878586567
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Research Experience

He is working in the  Network Project on conservation of lac insect Genetic Resources which aims  to survey in  identifing of lac insect/ host plant on block level in target areas Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra and Goa states. It will be established lac insect field gene bank in State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur.

   
Name :Ramdeen bhalavi
Designation : SRF
Qualification: M.Sc.(Botany)
Mobile No. 918109856938
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Branch : Social Economics and Marketing Branch

Research Experience

His working in the  Network Project on conservation of lac insect genetic Resources which aims to survey in  identify lac insect/ host plant in Madhya Pradesh, Maharastra and Goa states. The project has established lac insect field gene bank at State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur.

   
Name : Jay Prakash George
Designation : SRF
Qualification: M.Sc.(Forestry, Wild Life and Environmental Science)
Mobile No. 9713471908
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Research experience

He worked in State Forest Research and Training Institute, Raipur, Chhattisgarh as JRF (August 2012 to July 2013) and SRF (September 2015 to November 2016) in two different projects. He joined State Forest Research Institute Jabalpur in December 2016. Currently he is working in a project on “Climate change and its impact on forests and the livelihood of peoples of Damoh district”. He is also assisting in the Climate Change Cell and other activities related to climate change.

 
Name: Mr. Prakash Singh
Designation: JRF
Qualification: M.B.A. (Development Studies), M.Phil. (Natural Resource Management, IIFM, Bhopal)
Mobile No.: 9407572682
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Research experience He joined the State Forest Research Institute, Jabalpur in 2016 and is working on the project “Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (recognition of Forest Rights Act-2006) its implementation and impact in Madhya Pradesh”. Before joining the institute he has worked with Pragya Organizaition (NGO) in Himachal Pradesh, Kinnaur  District on the project (Solar Wind Hybrid System) as a project trainee, from 30th August 2014 to  30th April 2015.

 
Name: Shubhangi Khatri
Designation: Computer Operator
Qualification:  M.com. (Marketing), M.O.M, PGDCA
Mobile No.: 95854098755
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Research Experience:   She joined the State Forest Research  institute in 1 April, 2015 as computer operator “Network Project Conservation Of Lac  Insect Genetic Resources”  project after she join “The Scheduled Tribes And Other Traditional Forest  Dwellers Recognition of Forest Rights Act 2006: implementation and its impact in Madhya Pradesh” in Feb 2016 till now

 
Name:Durga Choudhary
Designation: Data Entry Operator  
Qualification:  B.com. (computer application), PGDCA,ITI
Mobile No.: 9329246379
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Research Experience: She joined the State Forest Research  institute in 5 July , 2017 as a  Data entry operator  “Estimation of wood demand and supply in Madhya Pradesh”.

 

Research

On-going Projects

Title of the Project Name of PI Co-PI Source of funding Sanctioned Amount
(Rs.)
Date of Initiation Due Date of compilation
Network project on conservation of Lac insect genetic resources Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar Shri A. Sarkar Indian Institute of Natural Resin and Gums, Ranchi 11.50 lakh April 2017 March 2020
The Scheduled Tribes and other traditional forest dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights Act, 2006) implementation and its impact in Madhya Pradesh. Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar - PCCF (R&E, Lok Vaniki) M.P. Bhopal 25.47 lakh Feb.2016     Jan. 2018 (Extension upto June 2018)

Climate change and its impact on forests and the livelihood of people of Damoh district.

Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar - PCCF (R&E, Lok Vaniki) M.P. Bhopal 21.41 lakh Nov.2016   Nov. 2018
Estimation of wood demand and supply in Madhya Pradesh Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar - PCCF (R&E, Lok Vaniki) MP. Bhopal 22.42 lakh Nov.2016  Oct. 2018
Market information service for NTFPs in Central India. Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar   Director, SFRI, Jabalpur 0.57 lakh    
Assessment of demand and supply and value supply chains of three commercially important medicinal species. Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar   RCFC, Jabalpur 3.00 lakh Aug.2018 July 2019
Survey of existing primary processing centres, evaluation of their present status, identification of  Infrastructure upgaradation and training needs. Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar   RCFC, Jabalpur 3.00 lakh July 2018  Jan. 2020
Sequestered  carbon in roadside plantation: an assessment of potential contribution in climate mitigation in Jabalpur Smart City. Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar   Environmental Planning Coordination Organization (EPCO) Bhopal, M.P. 16.0 lakh July 2018  Jan. 2020

 

Completed Projects

Title of the Project Name of PI Objective Funding Date of Completion
Sustainable harvesting and primary processing of gums and gum oleo resin in Madhya Pradesh. Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar
  • To study and document the present status of sustainable harvesting, processing, utilization and marketing of important gums and gum oleo-resin viz Sterculia urens (gum karaya), Anogeissus latifolia (Dhaora gum), Butea monosperma (Kamarkas gum) and Boswellia serrata (Salai oleo resin) in the state.
  • To standardize methods of sustainable harvesting and primary processing of Dhaora, kullu, kamarkas gum and salai oleo-resin
  • To evolve proper methods of storage to maintain its properties.
  • Extension of improved harvesting, processing, value addition and storage technologies to model villages through training.
MPMFP (Trade & Dev.) co-operative, Federation Bhopal  Sept.2014
Preservation and Digitization of research records of SFRI Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar
  • To digitize old research records of SFRI
APCCF, R&E Lok Vaniki, MP Bhopal Dec.2014
Development of storage systems in archive record rooms of State Forest Research Institute Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar
  • Installation of storage systems in archive record rooms of State Forest Research Institute.
APCCF, R&E Lok Vaniki, MP Bhopal June, 2015
Training on technical know how of gum tapping from Butea   monosperma in Umaria and Tikamgarh districts to local people and   frontline staff of forest department Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar
  • To impart training on sustainable harvesting, processing and marketing of Butea monosperma
APCCF, R&E Lok Vaniki, MP Bhopal June, 2015
Valuation of forest resources and its accounting: a case study of South Balaghat Forest Division Dr. Pratibha Bhatnagar
  • To undertake a specific study for forest valuation and resource accounting of contribution of forests at division level.
  • To suggest a method and framework for adopting an improved Forest Resource Accounting (FRA) system
APCCF, R&E Lok Vaniki, MP Bhopal June, 2015

 

Major Achievements

A number of important research activities have been undertaken by the branch which are highlighted below

Non timber forest products(NTFPs) :

Pioneering work has been done since 1988. Initially, a publication of Socio economic potential of minor forest produce(1991) estimated the quantum of various NTFPs collected, their socio economic potential as per their classification for Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

Separate studies on important NTFPs like tendu leaves, Mahul leaves, medicinal plants like Safed musli, baibirang, Mahua, Chironji, Aonla, etc. were undertaken. Experiment on yield cycle of Sal seed, problems of rural women in collection of NTFPs grading and storage practices for NTFPs.

Market Information Service for medicinal Plants:

The project commenced in 2001 with aim to help rural communities with market prices of medicinal plants including NTFPs. It was funded by National Medicinal Plants Board and MP MFP Cooperative Federation, Bhopal. Lately five regional market Analysis Centres at Bhopal, Chhindwara, Indore, Katni and Shivpuri were established market information on products, prices, demand-supply, market structure, value chain analysis, etc are done. A quarterly Newsletter Van Dhan Vyapar is being published since 15 years. This project covers 93 NTFPs in all important markets of M.P and C.G from primary markets to terminal markets.

Social Impact assessment:

  • Studies on Socio-economic impact assessment have been done in a number of opencast and U.G coal mine areas like Dhanpuri O.CM, Dudhichua, Churcha U.G, Pandavpura, etc.
  • Impact assessment of WFP Food assessment and assets created through generated funds in Madhya Pradesh.
  • Social and economic assessment of Joint Forest Management

Evolving technology for harvesting and processing and driage of important NTFPs.

  • Processing and driage protocols have been standardized for 36 NTFPs and training given to village level communities.
  • Sustainable harvesting techniques have been standardized for three gum yielding species via. Boswelia serrata, Sterculia urens and Butea monosperma.

Studies on tribal communities:

  • Spatial changes in forest and its impact on the economy of baigas.
  • Socio economic study of Basods in Mandla district.

Archive Section:

Some very old records of M.P. State Forest Department were recovered from record room of S.F.R.I., library and documentation section. These records/books/ maps/Journals/documents pertain to the period from the year 1861 onwards when the forest department was established.

A software was designed for uploading of digitized data in different sub heads like Annual research reports, technical bulletins, proceedings of forest Advisory Committee meetings research papers, etc. The following records/reports bulletins and proceeding were digitized.

 

Services

  • Marketing information services for NTFPs
  • Collection Processing, Harvesting, demonstration of NTFPs, Gums and Lac.

Research Summaries

  • Sustainable harvesting and primary processing of gums and gum oleo resin in M. P.
  • Preservation and Digitization of research records of SFRI
  • Development of storage systems in archive record rooms of State Forest Research Institute
  • Training on technical know how of gum tapping from Butea monosperma in Umaria and Tikamgarh districts to local people and frontline staff of forest department
  • Valuation of forest resources and its accounting: a casestudy of South Balaghat Forest Division

 

1. Sustainable harvesting and primary processing of gums and gum oleo resin in M. P.

The project objective was to assess current status of gums evolve sustainable harvesting storage technology for four gum yielding species and to disseminate technology to gum collectors. Field survey were done in seven districts by laying sample plots of 50 X 50 m, 10 X 10 m and 1 X 1 m for tree enumeration and estimating regenerating status.

The field survey revealed that intensity of harvesting Sterculia urens and Boswellia serrata was high in Sheopur district whereas, on Butea monosperma it was reported high in Umaria district Village level survey revealed that gums are an important source of income and livelihood in the drier forest regions. Sustainable harvesting techniques for Butea monosperm, Boswellia serrata and Sterculia urens were evolved after applying a number of different treatment.

Three trainings were given to the gum collectors on sustainable harvesting, primary processing, storage, grading value addition and marketing techniques of Boswellia serrata, Sterculia urens and Anogeissus latifolia. A book also published "Gums and resin yielding plants" . National Workshop on Sustainable management of natural gums and resins was organised in which 31 research papers were presented.

 

2. Preservation and Digitization of research records of SFRI

SFRI has old research records and grey literature which needed to be preserved and digitized, for easy availability.All old research reports, RAC proceedings, Technical bulletins, Research papers etc were digitized. The following works were done in the project.

Digitized Records

A software was designed and all digitized records were appended under different sub heads for use. Thereafter collection of old SFRI reports/bulletins/RAC proceedings/old research papers in Journals was also done. These records were then listed, cleaned, repaired and digitized.

 

3. Development of storage systems in archive record rooms of State Forest Research Institute

  • Storage systems installed in two Archive record rooms and one lab.
  • Archive rooms have been upgraded.
  • Listing of old records of Forests Dept and SFRI completed.

 

4. Training on technical know how of gum tapping from Butea monosperma in Umaria and Tikamgarh districts to local people and frontline staff of forest department.

To impart training on sustainable harvesting, processing and marketing of Butea monosperma Six trainings were given in Umaria and Tikamgarh districts as given below:

S.No.

Name of the programme

District

Date

Organized for

Participants

1.

Training on technical know how of gum tapping from Butea monosperma in Umaria and Tikamgarh districts to local people and frontline staff of forest department

Umaria

 9.1.15 to 10.1.15

Bilaspur

94

11.1.15 to 12.1.15

Ghunghuli

81

13.1.15 and 15.1.15

Nigahri

51

Tikamgarh

03.03.2015 to 04.03.2015

Sinoni

114

 

16.03.2015 to 17.03.2015

Satankhera

69

Total

 

409

These districts were affected by high intensity of harvesting which was unsustainable. After training in the intensity harvesting will decline to safer level.

 

5. Valuation of forest resources and its accounting: a case study of South Balaghat Forest Division

Objectives

  • To undertake a specific study for forest valuation and resource accounting of contribution of forests at division level.
  • To suggest a method and framework for adopting an improved Forest Resource Accounting (FRA) system.

The extent of unrecorded for the division was Rs. 61.81 crores. The study undertook accounting of recorded and unrecorded removals from the Forest Division .

 

Publication and Technical Bulletin