NATIONAL MUSHROOM DAY CELEBRATION AT ICAR-IIHR CENTRE THEME: Wealth from waste
National Mushroom day at ICAR-IIHR was celebrated on 23rd Dec 2017 by conducting a meeting with media people and sensitizing the potential of Agro waste management through Mushroom cultivation. Mr. Vishwanath Kulkarni; the sub editor of Buisnessline-The Hindu from print media and film maker Mr. Suraj Kumar of Johnsons Suraj films international, New Delhi visited Mushroom lab at ICAR-IIHR. They were appraised about the role of mushrooms in eco-friendly recycling of agricultural wastes which leads to the production of highly nutritious and medicinal mushrooms which can be easily grown by anyone at home or scale up to industrial production. India produces about 98 million tons of surplus agro wastes per annum. India has the potential to produce about 5 Mt of fresh mushrooms merely by using 10% of the surplus agro waste burnt in the country every year. Women from the village Muthuru in Dodaballapur taluk were also invited and trained in Mushroom cultivation as a kitchen garden activity to enhance household nutrition and income and production of mushroom fortified pulyogirae powder which is a common breakfast item. Women were taught how they can increase the nutrition of their everyday food using dry mushroom powder. A documentary film was also shot on the various Mushroom technology interventions developed by ICAR-IIHR to manage agro waste, create rural agro-entrepreneurship and develop rural urban backward linkage to create rural employment.