Exposure visit for tribal women on Mushroom Cultivation
One-day training–cum–exposure visit of WSHG members on Oyster Mushroom Cultivation was held on November 10, at Majhiguda village in Boipariguda block, Koraput district, Odisha. In this training programme, 56 number of women farmers from Women Self Help Groups (WSHGs) were actively involved. They learned to grow oyster mushroom that can provide them additional income. The participants were made aware of the nutritional value and market demand for mushrooms.
Demonstration of oyster mushroom cultivation and briefing on all the ingredients required to cultivation were shared. The participants can avail the spawn with minimal price, and sell the mushroom produce by aggregating at SHG level as there is larger demand of mushroom than supply. However, consuming first at household level was priority, and then surplus can be sold.
The trained participants expressed interest in adopting mushroom cultivation as an additional income source. They requested for the spawn to be supplied to their villages at affordable price.
Resource person: Shyam Sundar Pradhan from Maa Mangala Mushroom and Spawn production centre, Majhiguda, Boipariguda block of Koraput district.
M S Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF) established in 1988 is a not-for-profit trust. MSSRF was envisioned and founded by Professor M S Swaminathan, agriculture scientist with proceeds from the First World Food Prize that he received in 1987.