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Expert strikes gold with mushroom

18 May 2011

JORHAT: If Pranjal Baruah has his way, there will soon be a mushroom revolution in the region.

In a bid to organise farmers and boost the region’s socio-economy, the Mushroom Development Foundation, Guwahati, of which Baruah is the founder-secretary, has developed 12 mushroom villages in four states of the Northeast, including Assam and 20 more clusters are in the pipeline this year.

Baruah said mushroom was being used as a tool to organise a cluster of villages so the region could benefit from a cheap nutritious food as well as from its export.

The entrepreneur said in developed countries, seven of 10 persons consumed mushrooms on a daily basis and it was expensive. But mushroom was not looked upon as a healthy and nutritious food item here and mushroom cultivation is not promoted on a large scale so that it could be consumed and exported.

“In 1978, China used to produce only 60,000 tonnes of mushroom and now it produces more than 1 million tonnes, 95 per cent of which is consumed. China stresses mushroom as a main food item to supplement nutritional needs which is not done in the northeastern states. Mushroom is considered an item served only in restaurants.”

Baruah, who is a pioneer in commercial mushroom cultivation in the state and exports mushrooms under the brand, Mushfill, said he started business after accessing the technology from the North East Institute of Science and Technology in Jorhat in 1994…..

Read more: http://www.telegraphindia.com/1110519/jsp/northeast/story_13999156.jsp


Written by csirindia

May 21, 2011 at 6:39 am

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