(Shorea robusta) is a large evergreen tree belonging
to the family dipterocarpaceae. Sal forests occupy about
16.5 % of the total forest area of the state. The sal
forests are confined to the eastern part of the state.
Sal timber is extremely durable and is used for making
railway sleepers, guncarriages, Beams, doors, planking
etc. The seeds of Sal are an important source of edible
M.P. State Minor Forest Produce Co-op. Federation
Ltd. collects Sal Seed, a nationalised forest produce,
through Primary Forest Produce Co-operative Societies
in 12 Districts of the State which are Sal forest areas.
A valuable edible oil is extracted from these seeds.
The seed contains 19-20% of oil . The oil is used as
a substitute of butter and also in confectionaries and
eatables. The oil cakes remaining after oil extraction
contains 10-12% protein and are used as feed for chicken
. it is also used as mamre. All the Sal Seed collected
in the State is being sold by open tenders/auctions.