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Training held in oyster mushroom cultivation
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, SEP 29 (NPN):
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Published on 30 Sep. 2010 12:52 AM IST
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Training on low cost oyster mushroom cultivation was conducted exclusively for self help groups-mostly women from Kiphire, Mon, Longleng and Zunheboto districts on Wednesday at state horticulture nursery, Dimapur.
Technical and practical know-how on oyster mushroom cultivation were imparted by resource persons from directorate of horticulture. Mushroom which has been widely accepted as a delicacy in the local menu has nutritional value of protein, potassium, magnesium, copper, sodium, and manganese.
As per the department’s manual on oyster mushroom cultivation, mushroom cultivation has been spreading fast as an important income generation activity in all parts of the state. Expected yield of fresh mushroom from one crop cycle (two months) from each unit is `500 Kg, income from sale of 500 kgs fresh mushroom at the rate of `100 is `50,000 while income from 5 cropping cycle (one year) is `2, 50,000.
Mushroom cultivators representing self help groups from four districts were assured of financial assistance of `30,000 to meet the cost of mushroom growing unit under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY) scheme.
Delivering the welcome address, deputy director of horticulture Qhutovi Wotsa said the scope of mushroom cultivation in Nagaland was high as some of the districts were suitable for cultivation. Since mushroom was a perishable vegetable (spoils within 24 hours after harvesting); he said it should be sold within a perimeter of 25 km from the cultivating place with utmost care.
However, some of the farmers from Longleng were optimistic that their products would be easily sold since it has high demand in the market.
Technical session was presided over by horticulture department officer, Meyasashi, mushroom development centre where he briefed the trainees on package of practice on mushroom cultivation technology with reference to RKVY beneficiaries of Nagaland.
Some of the topics covered were storage, transportation, long term storage, sanitation and hygiene, disease and control of pests, insects.
Further, preparation of mushroom culture in poly bags was demonstrated by Meyasashi where the trainees actively took part in the demonstration.
An economic way of preserving mushroom during off season though pickling method was also imparted.
The training is being organised by horticulture department for the first time under Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY)-a centrally sponsored scheme.

 
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