Chandigarh, Jan 17 (UNI) Haryana which produced 6164 tonnes of mushrooms during the last financial year, ranks third in mushroom production in the country.
The state has set a target of producing 7000 tonnes of mushrooms for the current financial year.
While stating this here today, an official spokesman of the Horticulture Department said that about 2100 tonnes of mushrooms had been produced upto December last year. The target for the next fiscal year has been set at 7250 tonnes.
The spokesman informed that Sonipat district, which produced 2171 tonnes of mushroom in the last fiscal year was at the top following by Panipat district with 1100 tonnes and Gurgaon district with 476 tonnes.
Mushroom is a nutritious food containing good percentage of protein, iron, vitamins and salts. Being low on fats and carbohydrates it is an ideal food for heart and diabetic patients.
There were many varieties of mushroom available in the country but only White Button Mushroom, Milky Mushroom and Dingri varieties were being cultivated in Haryana. For the cultivation of mushroom not much land is required and even the landless farmers could take up the cultivation of this crop.
The National Horticulture Mission, the Mushroom Research and Development Centre, Murthal in district Sonipat which is an undertaking of Haryana Agro Industries Corporation, was imparting free training to the farmers for popularising mushroom cultivation.
The Research Centre was providing various other facilities to the farmers including the travel expenses, food, board and lodging and also the training material. The Centre was also providing the best pasteurised compost and mushroom spawn to the farmers at subsidised rates and scientists regularly inspected the mushroom farms.
Under the National Horticulture Mission there was a provision to provide a grant of Rs 25,250 to the farmers for setting up a mushroom production unit each in districts of Panchkula, Ambala, Yamunanagar, Kurukshetra, Karnal, Panipat, Sonipat, Rohtak, Faridabad, Mewat, Gurgoan and Jhajjhar.
For the already established units, the farmers were being provided an amount of Rs 60 per tray, up to a maximum grant of Rs 15,000 for a single unit. In private sector to establish a pasteurised compost unit an amount of Rs 75,000 would be granted to the mushroom cultivators.
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