Biz dreams mushroom with spawn technique

Security personnel and farmers in the district are getting ready to learn the tricks of cultivating mushroom.

Tillers associated with Agriculture Technology Management Authority (ATMA) will soon get training to farm mushrooms. The ATMA is a World Bank-aided organisation working in the agriculture sector in the state.

"The organisation has requested us to facilitate the training of farmers associated with it for mushroom cultivation," said Dayaram, associate professor and principal investigator of the Mushroom Spawn and Compost Production Unit of Rajendra Agriculture University, Pusa.

Ram Prakash Sahni, the ATMA project director, said: "The demand for mushroom is growing day by day. So we have decided to involve our farmers in the cultivation of the edible parasite."

He added: "We have requested experts of Rajendra Agriculture University to provide necessary training and information to the farmers."

The experts at the varsity are not new to training farmers about mushroom cultivation. Last year, they trained inmates of Khudiram Bose Memorial Central Jail and sub-divisional jails of Sitamarhi, Chhapra, Vaishali, Samastipur, East Champaran, Darbhanga and Madhubani to cultivate mushroom.

Vaishali residents Uday Singh and Manorama Devi, who were lodged in Chhapra divisional jail, have started mushroom cultivation in their villages.

Dayaram and his team visited Singh and Devi at Belsar and Sohni villages, respectively, and found that they have used the spawn production skills they had learnt in jail to cultivate oyster and button mushroom.

"Oyster and button mushroom have a lot of demand. So it is lucrative to cultivate them," said Dayaram.

More than 35,000 women who live near Rajendra Agriculture University have also benefited from mushroom production.

Nirmala Sinha, a resident of Mohammadpur village in Samastipur, said: "Mushroom produced in our villages are sent to different cities in the country. It is quite a lucrative business."

Dayaram added that around 100 quintals of mushroom spawns are also being supplied to other districts of the state.

He added: "Thirty-four industrial microbiology students of Langat Singh College, Muzaffarpur, are also getting training for mushroom spawn production."

Besides farmers, personnel of security forces posted in the district are also eager to learn about mushroom cultivation. The group centre of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) at Jhapha, Muzaffarpur, has requested the director of extension education of Rajendra Agriculture University to train the paramilitary personnel to cultivate mushroom.

Jogindar Singh, deputy commandant of CRPF group centre, Jhapa, said: "Some of our personnel would learn about mushroom cultivation in their leisure. They would in turn train the other CRPF personnel."

Matches

MORE TOP STORIES TODAY

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Bangalore's arsenal blazes to victory

Yuvraj Singh was back to his best in his first match for Royal Challengers Bangalore. More »

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Time for Chennai to enter familiar cocoon

Chennai have been able to purchase batting replacements for the loss of Michael Hussey and spin reinforcements in the form of Samuel Badree. They appear… More »

Evenly matched Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

Evenly matched Rajasthan and Hyderabad face-off

A quality that defines Rajasthan and Hyderabad is consistency. Rajasthan was one among two teams to enjoy complete dominance at home last season. Hyderabad… More »

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

BCCI to meet before next court hearing

The BCCI will hold an emergent working committee meeting on April 20 to discuss the future course of action with regard to the Supreme Court hearing concerning… More »

Kallis, Narine star in Knight Riders’ crushing win

Kallis, Narine star in Knight Riders’ crushing win

An all-round display saw Knight Riders thump Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the IPL-7 opener. More »

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

Gavaskar wants a clean IPL

"Integrity is non-negotiable..." says the BCCI's interim chief ahead of Season 7 of the tainted league. More »

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

'Yak' Kallis still on top of his game

The 38-year-old South African veteran turned it on for Kolkata Knight RIders in the opening match of IPL-7. More »

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

Srinivasan named in fixing report: SC

The court emphasised that the tainted administrator can no longer work for the BCCI. More »

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

Yuvraj happy to play for RCB: Kohli

New-look RCB will play their first game of IPL-7 on Thursday. More »

Shane Watson issues moral warning

Shane Watson issues moral warning

'Everyone knows what is right and what is wrong and if you do the wrong thing it will be found out' More »

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Why I'm not looking forward to the IPL

Welcome to another season of a league that many watch but few trust. More »

IPL: News Line

IPL: News Line

A round-up of all the news from this season of the IPL. More »

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Johnson may quit T20s for Tests

Australia's Mitchell Johnson may quit limited-overs cricket to prolong his test career with an eye on the 2015 Ashes series in England, the fast bowler… More »

Nepal players call off boycott

Nepal players call off boycott

Thaw in relations after formation of an advisory committee that would work in tandem with the Cricket Association of Nepal. More »

There's a lot going on: Fleming

There's a lot going on: Fleming

He experienced anxious moments in the lead-up to the tournament as the courts decided on whether to suspend the franchise, he said, but stressed that the… More »

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Latif couldn’t work with tainted players

Former Pakistan cricket captain Rashid Latif said Tuesday he turned down the job of national chief selector because he could not work with ex-players tainted… More »

We are not over-confident: Bailey

We are not over-confident: Bailey

Indian Premier League — George Bailey-led Kings XI Punjab will face Chennai Super Kings on Friday. More »

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Big runs expected, with bat and ball

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Their main concern, once again, is the fast bowling More »

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

Taxing issue — BCCI hits roadblock

MoU between BCCI & its units to avoid double taxation delayed after a few decline to share details. More »

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

Black Caps pick rookie duo for West Indies

New Zealand selectors included two new caps in a 15-man Test squad named Tuesday to tour the West Indies, with injury-hit spinner Dan Vettori's future… More »

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The stage is set for IPL-7 to start

The Preview — Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Kolkata Knight Riders More »

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

Srinivasan appeals to court to allow BCCI comeback

He was aggrieved by the allegations against him during the hearing. More »

India: cricket's Brazil

India: cricket's Brazil

They are tough to beat with a big talent base exposed to good facilities. (CYCSPL) More »

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Delhi Daredevils say no to gifts

Franchises are doing their bit to refurbish the image of the tainted league. More »