SKAUST-K KVK Budgam empowers rural youth and women in mushroom entrepreneurship
Post by RK News on Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Budgam, Nov 07: The Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) in Budgam, under the aegis of SKUAST-K, has successfully concluded a one-week Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP) focused on mushroom production technology and its processing. Sponsored by the Ministry of Micro, Small & Micro-Enterprises, Government of India, this initiative ran from November 1 to November 7, and targeted the rural youth and farm women of Chayer village, Magam District Budgam.
The primary objective of this program was to equip the participants with the knowledge and skills required to explore entrepreneurial opportunities in mushroom production and processing, thereby contributing to rural development and self-sufficiency.
Dr. Bilal A. Lone, Senior Scientist and Head of KVK Budgam, addressed the trainees and highlighted the various schemes available under the Horticulture and Agro-Based Processing (HADP) for Mushroom Production. He emphasized how these schemes could catalyze the development of mushroom-based Micro and Small Enterprises in the region. Dr. Lone also underscored the importance of youth empowerment and skill development, offering an overview of the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSME) program.
Throughout the course of the training, a total of 25 trainees actively participated. In addition to the experts from KVK Budgam, resource persons from the Division of Plant Pathology at SKUAST-K and the Department of Agriculture shared their knowledge, providing valuable insights into various aspects of mushroom production technology.
Dr. Vaseem Yousuf, the course coordinator, conducted hands-on demonstrations covering spawning and casing of Button mushrooms and Dingri mushroom production technology. Dr. Bhinish Shakeel, a Scientist specializing in Home Science, informed the trainees about processing and value addition of mushrooms, showcasing the diverse possibilities in this field. Dr. Ambreen Nabi, another Scientist at KVK Budgam, delivered a lecture on the health benefits and nutritional value of mushrooms, emphasizing their significance in a balanced diet.
Dr. Fayaz Ahmed Ellahi, the Mushroom Development Officer in Budgam, delivered comprehensive lectures on the various schemes offered by the Department of Agriculture, particularly those related to mushroom production.
The program concluded with an interactive session where participants expressed their high levels of satisfaction with the training and their desire for more diverse programs in the future for the Chayer village community. This initiative represents a promising step towards harnessing the potential of mushroom production as a source of employment and economic growth in the Budgam region.