Dimapur, October 17: A 2-day State level training on production of oyster mushroom cultivation under low cost infrastructure culminated today in the conference hall, Directorate of Horticulture. The training was organized by Department of Horticulture and sponsored by Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), Department of Agriculture, Cooperation & Farmer’s Welfare, Government of India.
Deputy Director Horticulture, Meyisashi, the resource person of the training, said that growing mushroom is an income generating crop and remarked that no other business will give the farmers a higher income within a month. He was happy to see many young trainees and that 70% were women participants. He called upon the farmers’ to avail the opportunity and learn the various methods of mushroom cultivation because apart from the many health benefits it will also sustain livelihood for them.
Edible mushroom cultivation has found a niche among small scale farmers in Nagaland. Previously they were picked from the wild, but now many farmers are growing mushrooms for their nutritive value as well as medicinal purposes.
The oyster type of mushrooms is cultivated in Nagaland because it can fruit over a wide range of temperature. It offers lucrative business, requires no arable land for production and provides diversification with benefits such as increased income, employment, food and nutrition security.
The two days long training was imparted to 204 farmers of mushroom growers of 11 districts and Tseminyu sub-division. Keynote address was delivered by Assistant Horticulture Officer (RKVY), T Eluba who also chaired the programme. (Page News Service)