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A mushroom spawn production unit was inaugurated at ICAR-KVK-Alappuzha by Sri. P. Prasad, Hon. Minister for Agriculture, Govt. of Kerala, on 3rd March, 2023. The facility was created with funding support from the State Horticulture Mission (Kerala). In his address, he announced the initiation of online marketing of value added agricultural products from farmers, entrepreneurs, SHGs, and FPOs in Kerala under the brand ‘KeralAgro’ coordinated by the state government. On the occasion, the Diploma in Agricultural Extension Services for Input Dealers (DAESI) programme (2022-23) was also inaugurated by the Minister. Dr. V. Venkatasubramanian, Director, ICAR-ATARI, Bengaluru presided over the meeting in which scientists from CPCRI, State Dept officials, people’s representatives, mushroom entrepreneurs, registered input dealers and staff members participated. A small exhibition highlighting different aspects of mushroom production and value addition was also arranged.

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