Pasteurised compost to act as ‘bonus’ for mushroom growers: Dir Agri Jmu

Pasteurised compost to act as ‘bonus’ for mushroom growers: Dir Agri Jmu
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Dept starts sale of pasteurised mushroom compost

JAMMU: Director Agriculture Jammu, Hari Krishan Razdan on Wednesday said the production and distribution of pasteurised compost at reasonable rates will act as “bonus” for the mushroom growers of Jammu division.
Earlier, growers had to manufacture compost manually which is a tiresome process involving much labour or they had to purchase readymade compost at high rates from outside the state.
Razdan was speaking at the inauguration of the sale of pasteurised compost to the mushroom growers of the state for the first time at mushroom section of Directorate of Agriculture, Talab Tillo, courtesy of the newly established pasteurised compost manufacturing plant at the Mushroom Demonstration & Training Center (MDTC), Jammu, an official handout read.
He asked mushroom growers to take the full advantage of this new facility which will help in doubling of the production of disease-free mushroom besides reducing cost of cultivation and labour. He further advised them 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 to achieve the goal of doubling the farmers’ income by 2022, the handout read.
The Pasteurised Compost Production Unit has become fully operational for the first time in the state leading to production of high quality pasteurized compost up to 18 tonnes per cycle and time period per cycle has been reduced to 18 days as compared the 28 days by traditional method which will help in boosting the mushroom production in the Jammu division, it read.
“First lot of 18 tones of pasteurised compost (1800 bags of 10 kg each) is ready for sale. Each pre-spawned bag of compost is being supplied to the mushroom growers along with casing material that will give a yield of 2.5 kg of mushroom as compared to 1.25 kg while using traditionally made compost,” read the handout.
By upgradation of Spawn Production Laboratory soon, the spawn production capacity will increase to 50 tonnes/annum, from 50 tonnes at present, for supply to the mushroom growers of Jammu division, it added.