Early Times Report
Jammu, Dec 4: Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Jammu (SKUAST-J) organized a comprehensive two-day hands-on training and awareness program on mushroom cultivation for thirty-two Anganwadi workers. The initiative, led by the Directorate of Research, aimed to raise awareness about the nutritional benefits of mushrooms and promote livelihood security through cultivation.
The training took place at the Mushroom Unit, Division of Plant Pathology, where the participants received insights into various mushrooms suitable for cultivation in Jammu’s conditions. The primary focus was on oyster mushroom cultivation, and the workers were provided with hands-on training, covering aspects such as substrate preparation and cultivation techniques for different mushroom varieties.
Throughout the program, experts delivered lectures, and practical sessions were conducted to equip the participants with the necessary skills. The training addressed technical challenges that may arise during mushroom cultivation. The initiative was carried out under the guidance of Dr. B.N. Tripathi, Hon’ble Vice Chancellor SKUAST-Jammu, and Dr. R.K. Samnotra, Director Research, SKUAST-Jammu.
Dr. Amrish Vaid, Professor and Head, Division of Plant Pathology, along with Dr. Sachin Gupta, Professor, Dr. Rakesh Kumar, and Sh. Varun Dubey, Technical Officers, actively contributed by delivering lectures and conducting practical sessions. The coordination of the program was overseen by Dr. Sachin Gupta, Professor and Incharge of the Mushroom Unit at SKUAST-Jammu, in collaboration with Sh. Sachin Sharma, CDPO Satwari. The overwhelming response from the participants indicated a keen interest in taking the knowledge gained during the training back to rural communities. The program not only aimed to impart practical skills but also strived to create awareness about the potential benefits of mushroom cultivation in enhancing both nutrition and livelihoods.