‘Mushroom City’ Solan Exhibited New Technologies

10 September, 2010
Solan, Himachal Pradesh

Commemorating the 13th year of declaration of Mushroom City of India, one day Mushroom Mela was organized on 10th September at the Directorate of Mushroom Research (DMR), Solan. Mela showcased the latest technologies developed by the Directorate for the direct benefit of mushroom growers.

While inaugurating the Mela Chief Guest, Dr. H. P. Singh, Deputy Director General (Horticulture), Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi highlighted the importance of holding Mela and emphasized on the diversification of mushrooms. ‘India is an agricultural country with varied agro-climatic conditions which produces more than 6 million tons of agricultural wastes. These wastes can be effectively used for the cultivation of different mushrooms’, he suggested. Dr. Singh elaborated the role of mushroom in tackling unemployment problem and malnutrition in the country and informed that during last two decades mushroom production in India has increased from 10,000 tons to one lakh tons. According to him, mushroom cultivation is not confined in hill states but its cultivation is being done in plains and southern parts of India.

DMR, Solan organizes ‘Mushroom Mela’ on 10th September, every year, the day on which Solan was declared as ‘Mushroom City of India’ in the year 1997. Every year a large number of farmers, mushroom growers, mushrooms industry people and extension workers participate in this event.

More than 25 government and private entrepreneurs, mushroom growers and NGO’s exhibited their products and around 600 farmers from different states such as Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Sikkim, Assam, Meghalaya, Orissa, Jammu & Kashmir, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh participated in the Mela. For the benefit of the participants, Kisan Goshthi is also organized in which farmers, mushroom growers, marketing personnel and extension workers visiting the Mela participated and interacted face to face with the scientists and experts of the DMR and other organizations, on various mushroom related problems and issues. Mushroom Mela provided an opportunity to the farmers and mushroom growers to seek ‘on the spot’ solutions to their mushroom related problems. On this occasion 7 farmers from different states were honored for adopting innovative technologies and contribution made in mushroom production.

(Source: NAIP Sub-Project Mass Media Mobilization, DIPA with inputs from DMR, Solan)