Farm Information and Advisory Centre (FIAC) Ongpangkong North, ATMA Mokokchung in collaboration with district Horticulture office Mokokchung conducted training on ‘Mushroom (Oyster) production’ on February 18 at Moalenden village.
The training was attended by 25 trainees including 22 women.
The training included both theory and practical sessions where the scope, benefits and potentials of mushroom cultivation was highlighted.
Technical skills were imparted to the trainees on how to select the paddy straws, chaffing, sterilization, preparation of stalks in polyethylene bags, inoculation of spawns, identification on when to open the bags, watering, harvesting and post harvest management. The resource person assistant horticulture officer Arenla, Mokokchung made it amply clear that although mushroom cultivation was less labour intensive it was an activity which needed sincerity and commitment for a successful venture citing the example of a mother nursing a baby from birth to adulthood.
Dr. Rongesen BTT member chaired the training programme. The discussion session was lead by Lipok Jamir agriculture officer, during which all doubts of the trainees were responded as per the queries, he also encouraged the trainees for taking up mushroom cultivation as a successful enterprise. All trainees were distributed with a packet of spawn and other inputs like polyethylene bags and ropes. A follow a programme would be in progress to monitor and guide the farmers in taking up mushroom cultivation in a nutritionally and economically productive manner.