Gujarat State Forest Development Corporation Limited is engaged in collecting, processing and marketing of Minor Forest products among its various activities. The activity has tremendous bearing on forest resources utilization and tribal employment generation. Many of the Minor Forest Products are principal raw materials for manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicines as well as herbal preparations and remedies. It is also observed that forests of Gujarat have abundance of raw material other than those being collected by the Corporation, which are also prime raw materials for these products.
Scope for cultivation, of such herbs, shrubs and trees is also quite good. Thus it was felt that if value adding programme is institutionalized in form of Ayurvedic Project by the Corporation not only to enhance the collection of existing MFP but also to offer scope of adding many more herbal product including MFP to augment resource mobilization and employment generation for the tribal and rural poor.
The activity was also conceived as value added product manufacturing programme to ensure expansion and growth of the Corporation as well as diversifying the activity and income bases in the long run.
On the other hand market for Ayurvedic Medicines and herbal remedies is expanding nationally and internationally. With this background Ayurvedic and Herbal preparation project was conceived under the brand name of Dhanvantari.
Manufacturing process of Ayurvedic Products
Dhanvantari Project was set up in the year 1991-92 with an investment of Rs. 8 Lacs which includes cost of Building, Machinery and various ancillary items. The project has, capacity to manufacture various Powders, Tablets and Avelehs.
Manufacturing of said items is done in three processes. Firstly the raw materials are cleaned and graded and then they are sent for Powdering, Pulverizing and Mixing then finally they are packed in airtight containers of 100, 200 and 500 gms. The following Machines are used for manufacturing. Good manufacturing practice and good laboratory practices are maintained
This unit Manufactures 22 types of Churna, 4 types of Tablets, 2 types of Oil and 8 types of Proprietary products.
Apart from manufacturing of Ayurvedic medicines, GSFDC limited is also processing Honey. It has a processing capacity of 1,50,000kgs. per annum. Honey is sold in different packings of 100, 200, 500 gms and bulk paking of 5 & 20 kgs. It is proud to have state-of-art fully automatic Honey treatment plant and bottle filling plant to guarantee quality to the valued customers. Various MFPs like Amla, Harde, Baheda, Musli and various types of Gums like Babul, Guggal etc. are also graded & packed in 100, 200 and 500 gms. in polythene bags. Entire range of products is marketed under the brand name of Dhanvantari.
Dhanvantari unit is a leading supplier of Honey to various Dairies viz. Sugam Dairy (Vadodara), Vasudhara Dairy (Chikhali, Dist. Navsari), Banas Dairy (Palanpur) for Icecream manufacturing.
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