Buchania Lanzan, commonly known as Achaar,
Char or Chironji, is found in deciduous
forests through out greater part of India. It
is a medium sized tree, with straight trunk,
and has dark grey or black fruit, divided into
small rectangular plates.
estimate done in 80s suggests that
availability of Chironji is not significant in
forests of Chhatisgarh. The state carved 5%
in terms of production and 15% of revenue in Chironji trade in undivided MP. Occurrence of
Chironji in CG is concentrated in Sal region
comprising of Jagdalpur, Raipur, Kanker and Sarguja.
As per estimate of state MFP federation, total
potential of Chironji in undivided MP is 5000
tonnes per annum that can generate 8 lakh
person days of employment.
The trees are found in farmlands as well as
commons, scattered widely in forests and hence
it takes lot of time and patience to collect
significant amount of Chironji to process or