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Sandhya Rani became the ‘master trainer’ in the case of mushroom production, became a successful entrepreneur on the basis of advanced techniques and training

Wise way to earn good profit at low cost


Farmers can cultivate mushrooms by using paddy and wheat straws that are thrown in the garbage. Nowadays there is a lot of demand for mushroom, because mushroom is very nutritious for health, so its demand is increasing day by day. Sandhya Rani, a farmer from Bhusandapur village in Jajpur district of Odisha, has become a successful woman entrepreneur from mushroom production. Now she is motivating other women to take advantage of mushroom cultivation and its value addition products.

Mushroom and spawn production 

Sandhya Rani earlier ran a small dairy along with paddy cultivation, so that she could hardly meet the needs of the family. She was looking for new option for a better life and her search completed at the training camp of Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jajpur. Information about mushroom and spawn production is given here throughout the year. After attending this training camp, Sandhya got inspired to take up mushroom production as it required very little investment. She could also use her barren land for spawn production.

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Use of scientific technology 

On the basis of information given in the training, Sandhya started mushroom production in a scientific way. They used quality spawn, applied scientific techniques for making mushroom beds, grading and packaging, harvesting etc. She made value addition products from mushrooms.

Help from Krishi Vigyan Kendra 

Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jajpur apart from training, also helped with method demonstration by scientists, small scale mushroom and spawn production, monitoring and feed back, market linkage (horticulture department, ORMAS), entrepreneurship development, credit linkage (NABRD, ATMA, BANK) etc.

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Image Credit: KVK, Jajpur

How much cost and profit in mushroom production? 

Apart from growing Paddy Straw Mushroom, Dhingri Mushroom, she also engages in mushroom seed production. About 50 quintals of paddy straw mushroom and 18 quintals of Dhingri mushroom are produced per year. About 36,000 bottles of mushroom seeds are produced every year. In all this, their total cost is about 6 lakh 73 thousand. The total income is around 10 lakh 40 thousand. In this way their annual profit is around 3 lakh 66 thousand.

Now there are successful women mushroom producers 

Sandhya Rani has now become a successful mushroom entrepreneur and a role model for other women in her locality. She has become a master trainer of women farmers of Jajpur. She has inspired 36 women self help groups of Badachana and Dharamshala blocks and encouraged them for entrepreneurial activities related to mushroom. Not only this, he has also given employment to many women. He has also received many honours. She was honoured in the Kisan Mela organized at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Jajpur. Apart from this, she has also received award of Successful Mushroom Entrepreneur in Odisha by Odisha Mushroom Producers Federation. In 2016, she has also been honoured by the woman governor of Odisha on the foundation day of the university.

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Image Credit: KVK, Jajpur

Along with mushroom cultivation, farmers can also earn good income by making value addition products like mushroom papad, flour etc. Mushrooms perish quickly, so processing mushrooms to make value addition products is a good option. 

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