Dimapur, October 21: A 2-day training on mushroom cultivation under RKVY-RAFTAAR 2019-20 organized by the Department of Horticulture kick started with the inaugural programme in the conference hall, Directorate of Horticulture, Kohima on October 21.
In his keynote address, Additional Director, Horticulture, Qhutovi said the training was necessitated due to drastic fall in economic activity across the world and in Nagaland due to the ongoing pandemic, adding that the training on mushroom cultivation will not only help generate immediate income but uplift economic sustainability of the farmers.
He remarked that mushroom cultivation is one of the shortest, low cost and fastest viable income generating among horticulture entrepreneurship as the farmer can start harvesting mushroom within 21 days. He urged all the participants to make the best use of what they have learned from the training and start generating income to become self-reliant.
Trainers for the technical session were Deputy Director Horticulture, Meyasashi and Assistant Horticulture Officer, T. Eluba. They presented topic on method and process of Oyster mushroom cultivation, hands on demonstration, judicious management of mushrooms unit and cost and benefit of mushroom cultivation.
Due to pandemic trainings for the farmers were carried out in two batches strictly following all the SOPs. Altogether 6 districts, Zunheboto, Longleng, Mon, Kiphire, Tuensang and Phek attended the first day training programme and beneficiaries were given materials to cultivate mushroom. (Page News Service)