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Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Ropar, under the aegis of the Directorate of Extension Education, Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), and ICAR-ATARI, Zone-1, Ludhiana, organized a five days training program on ‘Mushroom cultivation and processing’ from 25.8.2023 to 31.8.2023.

Dr. Satbir Singh, Deputy Director (Trg.) KVK, Ropar apprised that 25 farmers, farm women, and rural youth from various parts of the Ropar and nearby districts participated in this program. Dr. Satbir Singh discussed the scope of mushroom cultivation as an enterprise and encouraged successful trainees to come up as an entrepreneur in this sector. He informed that various informative lectures and hands-on practical sessions were conducted. During this five-day program, invited talk on various subsidy schemes by Dr. Chaturjeet Singh Rattan, HDO from the Department of Horticulture, Ropar, was also arranged for the participants.

Dr. Sanjeev Ahuja, Associate Professor (Vegetable Science) and program coordinator of this training, shared that participants were provided detailed information on the production, packing, storage, and marketing of button, dhingri and shitake mushrooms, additionally mushroom cultivation during the summer season (paddy straw mushroom and milky mushroom) was also covered. The participants were encouraged for self marketing of fresh/ dried or canned mushrooms for higher profit. A series of presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on practice sessions on the preparation of compost, spawning, bagging, casing, etc., were conducted.

An invited lecture on the nutritive value of mushrooms, preparation of healthy recipes, and mushroom pickles were conducted by Ms. Manpreet Kaur, Demonstrator (Home Science).

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