PAMPORE: A skill training programme for rural youth on button mushroom cultivation was inaugurated by Krishi Vigyan Kendra KVK Malangpora in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.
The programme was inaugurated by Head of Krishi Vigyan Kendra Pulwama Professor Masrat Shafi, programme coordinator Dr Zaffar Badri and other scientists including Dr Syed Shujat, Dr Tawseef and member of Kisan Advisory Board Irshad Ahmad Dar, officials told Kashmir Reader
“This is a seven day training programme for skill development which will run from 8 to 14 March,” Masrat Shafi, head of KVK SKUAST Malangpora Pulwama told Kashmir Reader, adding that during this training programme unemployed youth will be imparted skill on how to grow mushrooms.
“This will generate employment for the unemployed youth and they can be independent,” she said.
She told Kashmir Reader that mushrooms require less land to enhance economic levels.
She also added that mushrooms can be used as alternative for protein source by poor families who can’t procure meet.
“I feel good to participate in the skill development programme on button mushrooms organised by KVK Pulwama,” progressive farmer and member Kisan advisory board, Irshad Ahmad told Kashmir Reader, adding that in this activity expenditure is less but returns are more.
He added that educated unemployed youth should take part in this training programme to enhance skill and earn their livelihood.
He said that youth can set up their mushrooms units and earn livelihood for themselves.
“I am also intending to start a unit after completing the training,” he said, adding that he appreciates the government for taking such intiatives.