ICAR-IIHR Mushroom technology intervention for empowering tribal women of Arunachal Pradesh
In line with the national objective for empowering tribal population of NEH; ICAR-IIHR Bengaluru has initiated many mushroom technology interventions. These interventions include Establishment of mechanized spawn production lab, mechanized Ready to Fruit (RTF) production unit, training for awareness and entrepreneurship development in mushroom production and knowledge enhancement through publication in local tribal dialect. The institute’s principal scientists Dr.Meera Pandey and Dr.G.Senthil Kumaran in association with Dr. Dr T J Ramesha , Senior Scientist and Head KVK conducted a training programme on mushroom cultivation on 12th June 2019 at KVK, Lower Debang valley, Balek village in Arunachal Pradesh. The training was attended by 53 beneficiaries from 9 different villages belonging to Idu mishmi and Adi tribes. A mushroom cultivation bulletin translated into the local Idu mishmi dialect was released and distributed during the programme by Mr. Jatanpulu of Yibuk village, a well known social worker and organic farmer. The programme was attended by DDM, NABARD, Mr. Jyohtish, K Senior Field officer, Spice Board, Ms. Karyir Riba , News correspondent, Arunachal Times, Ms. Minorti Pait, Horticulture Development Officer, Officer from Arunachal Rural State livelihood mission and Ms. Myna Megu, NGO on mushroom cultivation. ICAR-IIHR has supplied multi fuel boiler with sterilization unit and chaff cutter for mechanizing the RTF production unit. These equipments were demonstrated to the participants on its benefits and operation. Beneficiaries expressed the importance of the availability of quality mushroom spawn in this area to adopt mushroom technology. Hence it was recommended to the participating government officials to establish a mechanized mushroom spawn production unit in technical collaboration with ICAR-IIHR. An attempt was also made to collect the local edible mushrooms for conservation and domestication for posterity. Two species were collected for further studies.