Mushrooms are quickly becoming a popular cash crop in Jammu and Kashmir, as the region continues to make progress.

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Mushrooms are quickly becoming a popular cash crop in Jammu and Kashmir, as the region continues to make progress.

Progressing J&K

Across Jammu and Kashmir, mushroom is emerging as a new cash crop.

With Governments The production of mushrooms, which requires continual handholding and scientific direction, has become lucrative for producers.

SRINAGAR, SEPTEMBER 13 (KN): Mushroom production is at an all-time high in the state of J&K thanks to the efforts of the Agriculture Department to provide the best practises and provide new era agri-entrepreneurs with technological know-how.

Mushroom production is a priority area of the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojna (National Agriculture Development Programme), and mushroom producers are provided with high-quality seeds and educated in scientific growing practises as part of this programme. The Valley is home to a multitude of successful mushroom growing success stories, which are made possible by the administration’s provision of a subsidy of fifty percent and their extensive understanding of the industry’s technical aspects.

People that make their living in forest areas rely on non-timber forest products (NTFPs) like mushrooms to support themselves and their families. A total of 20,230 square kilometres, or about 20 percent of J&K’s entire geographical area, are covered under forest cover.

Peasants in the Shivalik range in the Jammu area have a reliable source of income thanks to the production of mushrooms, particularly Gucchi. Because guchi mushrooms have a high price in the marketplace, those who make their living in the forest face stiff competition while trying to gather enough of them to sell.

Forest dwellers in Jammu Shivaliks are receiving formal training and instructions about mushroom collection and processing techniques, market knowledge, and market access as a result of recent interventions on the part of the government. This is being done to ensure that the forest dwellers receive the reward that their efforts have rightfully earned them.

Under the HAUSLA and TEJASWINI entrepreneurship programmes, which were both developed by the Center in J&K, women’s self-help groups that are headed by women are being supported. Under the auspices of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM), two young Kashmiri women from the hamlet of Tral in South Kashmir established a mushroom farming unit in the previous year.

During the course of their conversation about what careers they may follow after they had completed their further education, they discovered that the United States Department of Agriculture offers financial and technical aid to anyone interested in mushroom cultivation. In a little under a year, Raukaya Jan and Sobiya have established and are successfully operating a number of mushroom farming units.

Nilofar Jaan, who lives in Pulwama and obtained training in mushroom farming from the Department of Agriculture in Kashmir, estimates that she makes between ninety thousand and one lakh rupees annually from her business.

The emancipation of women is prioritised very highly in each and every one of the J&K administration’s initiatives for economic growth. Their contribution to the socioeconomic advancement of the UT is acknowledged and valued for what it has done.

After receiving instruction and a grant from the Agriculture department, Jehangir Ahmed Malik and his buddy Umar Yaseen of the Nadigam hamlet established a mushroom cultivation business in the vicinity of Shopian. The two individuals have been producing button mushrooms for the last half a year in a space measuring 20 by 18 inches with the assistance of the Department of Agriculture, where they set up the unit. Malik is of the opinion that young people who are unable to find work, especially those who reside in rural regions, have a great opportunity to simply support themselves by participating in progressive farming.

In a similar vein, in Kupwara there is a young man who, in order to become self-sufficient, left his job two years ago and is now the owner of a mushroom farm.

Nisar Ahmed Ganie, a resident of Bramri Kupwara, left his work in order to pursue mushroom cultivation after receiving encouragement to do so from the agricultural department. Nisar now has five mushroom growing units, all of which are producing a healthy income thanks to Nisar’s first harvest, which was a resounding success (KN)

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