National Mushroom Day celebrated

PASIGHAT, Dec 23: The East Siang Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) and the All India Coordinated Research Project (AICRP) on Mushroom, College of Horticulture & Forestry (CHF), Central Agricultural University (CAU), Pasighat, celebrated National Mushroom Day on Saturday.
In his inaugural address, Dr Mahesh Pathak, Head of the KVK, spoke on the importance of mushroom cultivation in the district and its nutritional values.
Dr Pathak encouraged mushroom growers in the district, and opined that such programmes should be organized on a regular basis to bring more awareness and knowledge among the farming community on the need and importance of mushroom cultivation.
Dr. MM Kumawat, Head Department of Plant Protection, CHF, CAU, Pasighat, made the mushroom growers aware of extension activities taken up by the department for benefit of farmers of the district.
He also briefed the farmers on the spawn production unit at his department and the initiatives taken up by the ICAR-Directorate of Mushroom Research, Solan, Himachal Pradesh, for promotion of mushroom cultivation.
Earlier, KVK scientist (plant protection), Toge Riba, briefed the gathering about the mushroom extension activities performed by the KVK and the college for the benefit of farming community. Riba also emphasized on proper management of mushroom units and use of quality spawn and proven technologies.
Later Dr RK Patidar, Assistant Professor, Head Department of Plant Protection, delivered lectures on the importance of mushroom spawn for quality mushroom production. A farmer-scientist interaction programme was also held.
Forty-seven mushroom growers from Mebo, Pasighat and Ruksin blocks attended the programme.