OFF CAMPUS TRAINING FOR NORTH EAST
An orientation program was conducted on 13th and 14th May, 2014 at KVK Sylvan, Manipur. About 120 participants participated in this two days program and about 95% participants were women. Dr. Meera Pandey, Principal Scientist, Mushroom Research lab, IIHR, gave the orientation regarding the cultivation of different varieties of mushrooms, the method of processing and value addition, methods to fortify daily diet with mushrooms to enhance nutrition and developing culinary entrepreneurship through mushroom fortified products. Dr. Senthil Kumaran, Principal Scientist, Section of Agric. Engg., IIHR, talked about the low cost farm design for small scale production and mechanized mushroom farms for high end production. The participants were made aware about the different varieties of mushrooms being commercially grown globally, the method of spawn production, cultivation of shiitake and oyster mushrooms, mechanization in mushroom production, nutritional and medicinal properties, methods of fortifying daily diets with mushrooms, entrepreneurship through community based mushroom cultivation and value added mushroom product development. Audio and video aids were used during training program and few videos on mushroom technology and machinery were screened.
The participants showed great eagerness and enthusiasm to know and learn the technology and insisted on conducting practical training in future for better understanding. Group leaders of numerous SHGs participated and showed keen interest in taking up mushroom production on community basis. One of the most common request was for conducting practical training and exposure visit to Horticulture related institutions like IIHR. Many youth who participated in this program were eager to become entrepreneur in mushroom cultivation.