A five-day training course on Mushroom cultivation began at Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) on Tuesday. The course has been jointly organised by the directorate of extension education and the department of microbiology, PAU.
Farmers and farm women from various parts of Punjab are participating in the course.
Course coordinator TS Riar said that PAU subject-matter specialists would dwell upon the significance, marketing, cultivation and processing of mushrooms during the course. Highlighting that mushroom growing was picking up because of minimum land use and good economic returns, he said that the farmers who have received training in mushroom cultivation from the PAU were earning substantially.
Earlier, Rupinder Kaur, associate professor, extension education, welcomed the trainees and PAU resource persons. Giving details of the course content, she called upon the participants to motivate other farmers and farm women to adopt mushroom cultivation as a remunerative subsidiary occupation. Two senior mycologists of PAU, Shammi Kapoor and HS Sodhi were also present on this occasion.