Training cum demonstration on mushroom cultivation, vermi-composting conducted

YACHULI, Nov 21: A one-day training cum demonstration on oyster mushroom and vermin-composting was organized by Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Yachuli on Friday at Nyokum Putu village, Tago in Lower Subansiri district. The training program was arranged under the ‘Knowledge Systems and Homestead Agriculture Management in Tribal Areas’ (KSHAMTA) and Doubling of Farmers Income (DFI) programs, sponsored by Department of Agriculture Research and Education (DARE) under ICAR-ATARI Zone-VI.

The KVK in-charge highlighting the objective and scope of KSHAMTA program encouraged the farmers to grow horticulture crops to become self-sustainable along with income generation with proper guidance from experts before developing the fields. He emphasized the need of proper nursery beds for most commercial vegetable crops.

The Scientist (PP) trained farmers on how to grow oyster mushroom and vermin-composting by constructing a demonstration unit out of locally available bamboo and raw materials within the peripheral campus of their residence. He demonstrated mushroom cultivation by showing straw cutting, sterilization, substrate preparation, spawning and hanging of bags, followed by vermi-composting from available field waste and earth worm with proper pilling of waste, layering of dung, maintaining of definite height, irrigation and observation for end products.

A total of 33 farm women attended the training cum demonstration who requested for more training programs from KVK scientists on other economically important crops and fish pond development in the area.