Jammu farmer conferred with Progressive Mushroom Grower Award

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Sept 16: A progressive farmer and a Mushroom grower from Jammu Kulbhushan Singh of Purkhoo, 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 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 cap.
This was disclosed by Director Agriculture Jammu 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.
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 10th class 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 lakh per year.

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