Dir Agri Jmu urges mushroom growers to follow ‘co-operative farming’ concept

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JAMMU: Director Agriculture Jammu, Hari Krishan Razdan on Saturday urged mushroom growers to follow the concept of co-operative farming and to organise themselves into Mushroom Growers Associations, Farmers Producer Organisations (FPOs) and Self-Help Groups (SHGs) for getting maximum profit through value addition by setting up their own production, canning or pasteurised compost unit.
He advised them to diversify their farming through apiculture, mushroom, seed production, vegetable cultivation and adoption of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to achieve the goal of doubling the farmer’s income by 2022, an official handout read.
Razdan while inspecting the mushroom section at Agriculture Complex, Talab Tillo, Jammu took stock of various farmers’ welfare-oriented activities being undertaken by the Mushroom Demonstration and Training Centre (MDTC).
Interacting with the mushroom growers at Mushroom Demonstration and Training Centre, Jammu, he said that the cultivation of Milky Mushroom has been introduced to fill the gap between the Button and Dhingri Mushroom crops and to achieve round the year production of mushrooms.
“The cost of cultivation of Milky Mushroom is much less (about Rs 65/bag) whereas returns are as high as Rs 200 per bag, so there is great potential for Milky Mushroom as well as Dhingri and Button Mushroom Cultivation,” read the handout.