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In a motivational endeavor to promote agri-related subsidiary occupations for diversification, the Skill Development Centre, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), conducted a two-day training programme on “Mushroom Cultivation” in which a total of 20 scheduled caste farmers and rural women participated. The programme was held in association with the Department of Microbiology, PAU, under the guidance of Dr MS Bhullar, Director of Extension Education.

Dr Rupinder Kaur, Associate Director (Skill Development), informed that the entire spotlight was on empowering rural community sustainably and economically through the adoption of five different varieties of mushrooms, their processing and profitable marketing.

Dr Shivani Sharma and Dr Jaspreet Kaur, Mycologists, explained the year-round cultivation of mushrooms by dwelling upon PAU developed varieties comprising white button, paddy straw, dhingri, oyster and Shiitake mushrooms. The fast-track adoption of mushroom growing on small and large scale levels has proved to a boon for the Punjab farmers in terms of minimum investment and maximum gains, they added.

Mrs Kanwaljit Kaur and Mrs Kuldeep Kaur gave hands-on-demonstrations on the preparation of mushroom-based snacks, recipes, pickles, etc.

Dr Prerna Kapila shared brief information about PAU organised skill trainings from which agricultural community was benefitting a lot. Later, she proposed a vote of thanks.

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