1The Sampige Value Addition Centre in Hosapodu village in Punanjanur Panchayat of Chamrajnagara district, Karnataka opened a retail outlet in Punanjanur on the 10th of July 2014. The Sampige value addition centre is a landmark in the Soliga communities struggle for recognition of their forest rights. In 2011, 25 podus(Soliga habitations) received recognition of their community forest rights. The concerted effort of the Soliga Abhivriddhi Sangha has resulted in the recognition of the community forest resource rights of the Soligas, the first such recognition for a tribal community living within a Tiger Reserve.

More recently, 6 of these villages – Hosapodu, Srinivasapuram Colony, Bedaguli, Munishwera colony, Banawadi and  Ethegowdanadoddi  decided to start a small scale enterprise to value add non timber forest produce collected by its members. Keystone Foundation is involved in the training and capacity building of the members of these gram sabhas in sustainable harvest methods, value addition and marketing.

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The outlet was inaugurated by the District Collector, Chamrajanagara district, Sri  Kunjappa . Also gracing the occasion were  the tribal welfare officer Sri Somashekhar,  Smt Snehlata Nath, Director of programmes, Keystone, Sri Jade Gowda, LAMPS agent from Badregowdanapodu ,Sri Sanhaida, community elder from Bedaguli, Sri Nagaraj, President of the Hosapodu Gram Sabha and several members of the Soliga community.

The retail outlet sells wild honey, soaps, lip balms and balms made of bees wax, various kinds of pickles and jam, Ragi powder, brooms and saplings of forest plants. The outlet will lend an impetus to greater community participation in forest governance in the area.

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