The Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Patiala under the guidance of Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University conducted a five days vocational training programme on “Mushroom Cultivation as Subsidiary Occupation” from 4 to 11 September, 2023 in which 36 farmers and farm women from different villages of district Patiala participated.
Dr. Rachna Singla, Professor (Horticulture), and course coordinator, shared detailed information on the production, packing, storage, and marketing of button, dhingri and shitake mushrooms. A series of presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on practice sessions on the preparation of button mushroom compost, preparation of casing material and spawning in dhingri were conducted.
The participants were encouraged for self-marketing of fresh/ dried or canned mushrooms for higher profit. Information regarding subsidy and credit schemes was shared by Sh. Dilpreet Singh, HDO from Horticulture department. Progressive mushroom grower S. Paramjit Singh shared his success story and practical experiences with the trainees. Literature on mushroom cultivation was distributed to the trainees. They also visited progressive mushroom grower Sh. Kulwinder Singh’s ‘Maya’ mushroom farm at Village Khanpur near Rajpura.
A lecture on the preparation of healthy recipes, and mushroom pickles was conducted by Dr. Rajni Goel, Associate Professor (FST).
On the last day , Dr. Gurupdesh Kaur, Incharge, KVK, Patiala delivered a lecture on nutritional and medicinal use of mushrooms in our diet and discussed the scope of mushroom cultivation as an enterprise and encouraged successful trainees to come up as entrepreneurs in this sector.