Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Booh, Tarn Taran organized a vocational training programme on ‘Scientific Cultivation of Mushroom’ from September 14-22, 2017 at its Campus. Twenty nine farmers (28 male & 1 female) from different villages of district Tarn Taran has been benefitted by this training programme. Scientific knowledge on various aspects of mushroom farming was devised in this training for skill development and self entrepreneurship of farmers for economic upliftment.
Speaking on the inaugural session of the training programme, Dr Balwinder Kumar Deputy Director (Training) and Course Director, stressed upon the development of skill of the rural population of the Tarn Taran. Such type of trainings helps farmers, farm women, and rural youth in developing the agricultural entrepreneurship through adoption of subsidiary businesses. Maushroom farming is gaining momentum in state and can be good mean for earning profit from this venture. Dr. Kumar also highlighted various facilities developed and provided by GADVASU and KVK for the benefit of farming community.
Course Coordinators, Dr Navjot Singh Brar, Dr Anil Kumar and Sh. Nirmal Singh provided insight to the trainees through lectures on production techniques of button, paddy straw, milky mushroom, etc. The composting technique was discussed in detail by Dr Navjot Singh. Dr Harjot Singh Sohi, Asstt. Professor (Horticulture), KVK Barnala discussed the various diseases identification and their remedy measures. Dr Anil Kumar also telecast movies on Paddy straw and milky mushroom production to the participants, which provide learning skills for cultivation of said mushrooms. Nutritional aspects and value addition of mushroom in detail was discussed by Dr Piverjeet Kaur Dhillon, Asstt Prof. (Home Science). Dr Nirmal Singh, Asstt. Professor (Horticulture) emphasized on marketing aspects of mushroom cultivation. An exposure visit to commercial mushroom farm was also organized by the KVK, where participants learn practical skills of mushroom cultivation.
Dr Anil Kumar, Asstt. Prof (Soil Sci.) proposed the vote of thanks at the valedictory function and thanked the trainees and visiting guest and faculty for their efforts to make this training programme a success.