Delhi School of Public Policy & Governance

Mahuda (Madhuca longifolia) is considered as ‘the tree of life’ owing to its multifaceted historical, cultural and economic significances. These significances for the Adivasi Bhil of Gujarat encompass flowers as economic value, flower, seeds and oil in ayurveda, seeds for extracting cooking oil and ritual oil, flowers for brewing wine, timber in house construction, shade for the agricultural crops, fodder, fuel and wood. The article is a brief examination of these significant advantages in the back frame of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), calling for a spur of awareness on its latent scope.

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