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Golden opportunity in Mushroom Farming

With no cultivable land and no job this young man found career in Mushroom Farming, Mushroom production started at a cost of Rs 2,000


Interesting and inspiring story of a farmer from Madhya Pradesh related to mushroom farming. There is no land for farming and there is no source of employment, in such a situation, the youth of rural areas have no equal options for earning. Subhash Vishwakarma, a resident of Betul district of Madhya Pradesh also had to face a similar situation. 12th pass Subhash Vishwakarma had neither land nor employment.

Mushroom production started at a cost of Rs 2,000 

Betul-based Krishi Vigyan Kendra had organized a training program on mushroom farming for landless farmers. Subhash Vishwakarma also participated in this training session. He got information about mushroom cultivation at low cost. Seeing better self-employment opportunities in mushroom production, Subhash decided to take up mushroom cultivation. With an investment of Rs 2,000, Subhash started producing Dhingri Mushroom/Oyster Mushroom at his home. Krishi Vigyan Kendra from Jawaharlal Nehru Agricultural University provided spawn (mushroom seeds) to Subhash at a low cost. The structure for keeping the bags was made under the supervision of scientists.

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Good result in mushroom production 

Subhash got good result from his hard work and guidance of agricultural scientists. Between December and March 2013, 3 to 5 kg of mushrooms were produced per day. He sold fresh mushrooms at the rate of Rs 100-120 per kg in Pathkheda and Sarni coal mine areas.

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Morale boosted by profits in mushroom farming 

Mushroom production cost him Rs.35 per kg. In this way, he got a direct profit of 9 thousand rupees a month in the very first time itself. This boosted Subhash’s morale and now he has started aiming to take this business further. Subhash says that he takes pride in knowing that people see him as a young man who did not waste his time. Chose the way to stand on your feet.

Some important things related to Dhingri mushroom 

Dhingri mushroom cultivation can be done 5 to 6 times in a year. This mushroom gets ready in two and a half to three months. Temperature of 25 to 35 degree Celsius and humidity of 80 to 90 percent is considered best for Dhingri mushroom cultivation. Dhingri mushroom can be cultivated in easily available straw. Its crop is ready in two and a half to three months.

The production cost of Dhingri mushroom in 10 quintals of straw is around Rs 25,000. From this, there can be a mushroom worth about 48 thousand rupees. You can earn a profit of about 23 thousand rupees from one cycle of the crop. Oyster mushroom is sold in the market at the rate of Rs 120 per kg to Rs 1000 per kg. The price of oyster mushroom depends on the quality of the produce.

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Mushroom farming liked by the youth 

There are better employment prospects for the youth in mushroom production. Due to the nutritional quality and medicinal properties of mushroom, its demand is continuously increasing. In this context, it can prove to be a good business. The interest of youth and farmers in this business is also increasing day by day.

There is no need to spend much time in mushroom cultivation. Mushroom cultivation can be done easily in cottage or kutcha house. Keep in mind that if you are starting mushroom cultivation, start it only under the supervision of an agricultural scientist or an expert in mushroom production so that the risk of loss is reduced. 

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