Non-Farm Employment in Non-Timber Forest Product

Non-Farm Employment in Non-Timber Forest Product Based Enterprise: A Study on Leaf Plate Making

Ramkrishna Mahto

The present study is an endeavour to explore the potential of Non Timber Forest Product based enterprises with special reference to leaf plate making. The study has been carried out in the Angara block of Ranchi district in Jharkhand.  The prime objective was to identify the better strategy to develop leaf plate making as a viable source of income and as an instrument for the empowerment of rural women. The study entails the production and marketing paraphernalia, activities of different actors associated with these activities as well as the threat and opportunities associated with this livelihood. Finally some recommendations have been made for the better utilization of the Sal leaf as a resource for the improvement of earning opportunity.

Keywords: Non-farm enterprise, NTFPs, Leaf plate, Rural employment.