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                Honorable Prime Minister  launched  the ‘Transformation of Aspirational Districts’ program in January which aims to quickly and effectively transform these districts. Raichur and Yadagiri districts in Karnataka have been identified as the aspirational districts. To enable optimum utilization of their potential, this program focuses closely on improving people’s ability to participate fully in the burgeoning economy. Health & Nutrition, Education, Agriculture & Water Resources, Financial Inclusion & Skill Development, and Basic Infrastructure are this program’s core areas of focus. ICAR-IIHR, Hesaraghatta,  Bengaluru  in collaboration with Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Raichur and KVK Yadagiri under  University of Agricultural Sciences,  Raichur and  conducted a 3 and 1 day training program on the following important aspects

  • Creation of awareness about mushrooms as nutritive vegetable for betterment of everyday nutrition
  • Mushroom cultivation technology as an income generating activity through utilization of local agricultural residues which are otherwise burnt causing air pollution
  • Mushroom spawn production technology as an entrepreneurial activity through the effective utilization of millets like sorghum
  • Mushroom value added products technology to create rural and cottage agri-entrepreneurship,
  • Mechanization of Mushroom technology processes for efficient input utilization and naturally managed mushroom growing structures
  • Maintenance of Polyhouses in protected cultivation

 The training was conducted from 17th July 2018 at KVK Yadagiri and on 16-18th Aug 2018 at KVK Raichur. At KVK Raichur, Dr. Meera Pandey, Principal Scientist, Mushroom Research lab, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru conducted the training as resource person for Mushroom spawn production, Mushroom cultivation and development of Mushroom value added products. Dr. G. Senthil Kumaran, Principal Scientist, Div. of PHT & AE, ICAR-IIHR, Bengaluru conducted the training as resource person for Machinery, tools and design and fabrication of low cost structures which can be used in Mushroom cultivation. Dr. Chandrashekara C., Scientist, Mushroom Research lab, ICAR-IIHR conducted the one day training at KVK, Yadagiri.  The training at KVK Raichur was inaugurated by the Vice Chancellor Sri Guthi Jambunath. The training was attended by 32 farmers and 20 students undergoing skill development training at the University. This training program was an eye opener for many who did not have any knowledge about mushrooms either about its cultivation or consumption.  The value added products like Mushroom fortified Arka rasam powder and 7 variants of Mushroom fortified chutney powders  was greatly appreciated as these are the items which people use in their daily diet in that area. Addition of mushrooms to such products was a novelty for the trainees who understood the ways of enhancing the nutrition of their daily diet products through such value addition. They were also able to learn the technique of mushroom dehydration which would help them to prevent the post harvest looses during unfavorable marketing periods.  Due to the demand from the growers and the potential of the mushroom technology in Raichur district, the Honorable Vice Chancellor, UAS, Raichur has agreed to initiate the process of the setting up mechanized mushroom spawn production unit and ready to fruit bag production unit in the premises of ICAR-KVK, UAS, and Raichur.