A progressive farmer engaged in mushroom cultivation named Hemanta Nath of Borjhar village in Nalbari district formally released a trademark named ‘KathFu’ for his dry mushroom product at a modest ceremony held at his farm on February 8. The trademark was officially released by Pranab Saikia, District Agriculture Officer of Nalbari.
Pranab Saikia congratulated the enterprising farmer for his sincere efforts. He hoped this endeavor would encourage unemployed youth and help to boost mushroom farming in Nalbari district. Senior scientist, Mridul Deka elaborated on mushroom production, its prospects, processing and marketing strategies. He congratulated Nath and urged other farmers and youths to come forward for undertaking this profitable venture as an avenue of livelihood and self-employment. He also called upon them to undergo training on mushroom production in the Directorate of Mushroom Research, ICAR, Himachal Pradesh through the KVK.
It is interesting to note that an FPC on mushroom is going to be formed in Nalbari district very soon with affiliation to the Directorate of Horticulture, Government of Assam, which will further facilitate production, processing and marketing of mushroom in an organised manner.
Mushroom farming has, of late, been gaining popularity as a rewarding entrepreneurial venture among the youth in Nalbari district. Hundreds of farmers and rural youth are engaged in mushroom cultivation since 2013.