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GMCL is the first cooperative, medicinal plants and products public limited company in the country, which is owned by the rural community of MP collectors and cultivators. The majority of shares are held by collectors & cultivators of MPs besides others contributing to MPs conservation & sustainable utilization. GMCL, the company buys back the produce and extends technical assistance to the shareholder groups, and CCD as the facilitating agency rendered managerial and training assistance. The primary objectives of GMCL are to promote and maintain sustainable cultivation and utilization of MPs besides ploughing back the benefits to rural communities who are engaged in the same. Consequently, the MP gatherers and cultivators get better prices. A supplementary aim is also to educate the consumer on MPs and MP based products. CCD along with Mahakalasam, undertook initial community organization and mobilizing of share capital besides also the market surveys and the groundwork study for trading in medicinal plants sector. CCD has facilitated the successful implementation of the GMCL model of community enterprise by shouldering the risk factor of a new venture and providing its resources, skills and knowledge towards community mobilizing, organizing, orientation and support besides also taking up logistics costs before sale. Today, the MP community enterprise provides livelihood opportunities to over 1,800 families of mostly landless laborers, organized into over 160 gatherer’s sanghas and another 400 families of small & medium farmers, also organized into groups. Its trade volume has grown from 30 tons in the first year (2000) to 1,000 tons in 2012), and turnover has shot up from Rs. 1.5 million to Rs. 1.5 million.

It also spread to N. India from 2008.

POLICY LINKAGE

Many government policies/ programs seek CCD advice & support CCD projects for upscaling/ replication of GMCL in other poor, needy areas. These include Government programs like MKSP (Mahila Kisan Sashaktikaran Pariyojana) of the National Rural Livelihood Mission, 12th plan committee of Ministry of Environment & Forests, Societal program of Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India. International donors like UNDP have also supported CCD similarly through projects & awards.

In Chhattisgarh, CCD has did a UNDP project on developing medicinal plants strategy & action plan through the state medicinal plants board. This led NABARD to recenly offer CCD a loan-grant hybrid project (2012-5) of budget Rs. 35 lakh to improve livelihoods of 500 women NTFP gatherers/ farmers in Kander, Kondagaon & Bastar disticts.