Jammu – A progressive farmer and a Mushroom grower from Jammu Mr Kulbhushan Singh of Purkhoo, Jammu has been conferred the Progressive Mushroom Grower Award-2012 at the just concluded National Mushroom Mela organized by Indian Council of Agriculture Research (ICAR) at Directorate of Mushroom Research , Chambaghat, Solan.
He was one among the group of 35 farmers sent by the Department of Agriculture to participate in the Mela under ATMA scheme. The award was presented to him by District Development Commissioner Solan Mrs. Meera Mohanty & Director DMR Dr Manjeet Singh in presence of about 2500 farmers from different states participating in the Mela. Besides being presented a trophy, and a citation, the awardee was also honoured with a Shawl and a traditional Himachali l cap.
This was disclosed by Director Agriculture Jammu Mr Ajay Khajuria while interacting with farmers at Jammu. It was informed that Mr Kulbhushan Singh was one of the Five Progressive Mushroom Growers of India selected for this prestigious award. He said that the department has been making concerted efforts to promote mushroom cultivation through various awareness activities and this was for the first time that mushroom growers were sent to participate in the National Mushroom Mela organized by the Directorate of Mushroom Research (ICAR) at Chambaghat Solan every year. The selection of the mushroom growers for the award was made by a screening committee of ICAR.
Narrating his long Journey of 21 years since a Student to a Progressive Mushroom Grower, Mr. Kulbhushan said that he got training in Mushroom cultivation from the Department of Agriculture when he was a student of 10thclass in the year 1991. Starting with a Mushroom unit of 50 trays provided by the Department, he never looked back and increased the number of trays year after year in close coordination with the department of Agriculture and his profits keep on increasing every year. He added that the department of Agriculture helped him at step of Mushroom Cultivation, from supplying of spawn, management at different stages and in marketing through its different schemes. At present he has 5000 trays of Mushrooms and produces 25-30 tonnes and gains a profit of Rs. 4.5-5 Lakhs per year. He stated that he owes his success to the Department of Agriculture for supporting him at every step.
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