MOHUA NUT DEBARKING – A HECTIC TASK FOR TRIBAL WOMEN
Mahua: Madhuca indica A large, deciduous tree with a short bole, spreading branches and a large rounded crown. Flowers (actually corollas)drop in March-April, fruit ripens during June-July. Indigenous to M.P, Chattisgarh, Maharashtra, Gujarat, A.P. Orissa and extending north to the sub-Himalayan tract. Common on village lands as it is protected for its corollas which are eaten raw, cooked or dried. They are also distilled into spirituous liquor. Oil from seed is edible and is also used for making margarine or soap. Wood is of good quality and is used as a beam. A good shade tree, young leaves bright pink.
In all Tribal/Agency areas Mohua products are available in near Forest. Tribal women collect the flower, nuts from forest and private lands. And they extract arrack from Mohave flower after a long process of drying the flowers, soaking, cooking, extracting Liquor and sale at village. The tribal man use to drink this Mohua Liquor, women also drink. It is used like Tea in non tribal culture. Every woman takes one bottle of liquor made with Mohua to any cermonry she attends in her relatives family.
Mohua nut collected from trees are dried up in their home and debarking is a hectic task for women. The pulses they sold in the near market and brought their needy groceries. Most of the product from Andhra Pradesh goes to Chattisgarh. Tribal family consume Oil (Edible)(?) extracted from the Mohua nuts.
IT WILL BE USEFUL IF WE DEVELOP AN INSTRUMENT WITH SIMPLE TECHNOLOGY AND WORKING WITHOUT ANY EXTRA POWER IS HELPFUL TO THE WHOLE TRIBAL WOMEN COMMUNITY.