Awareness cum training Programme on “Mushroom production and vermi-composting for residue recycling and income”
A farmers awareness cum training programme on “Mushroom production and vermi-composting for residue recycling and income” was organized at Village : Mallick Sahi, Block : Gop, District : Puri on 03.0.2021, under the Project, “Development & Demonstration of Integrated Farming System for Livelihood Security of Small and Marginal Farmers in Coastal Odisha(EAP- 252)”,
Addressing to the farmers, Dr. Annie Poonam, Principal Scientist (Agronomy), ICAR-NRRI, Cuttack and Principal Investigator of the Project briefed about the importance of integrated farming system and diversification of mono rice crop to raise the income of farm family through residue recycling . Briefing and practical training on vermin-composting was done by Dr. B. S. Satapathy, Scientist and Co- Principal Investigator, deliberated on the crop diversification and their residue for recycling and explained about the know how of the vermi-composting for soil health and income generation of the farmers. Dr. D P Sinhababu, Principal Scientist (retd) and consultant of this project highlighted the method of integration of compatible components through land shaping into rice + fish + duck and other components on the dykes. He also emphasized on the importance of adoption of rice based integrated farming system in the coastal belt of Odisha through which the farmers will be benefited by improving and stabilizing the productivity and livelihood security of the farmers. Dr. Pradeep Kumar Sahu ACTO (Fisheries) and Co- Principal Investigator briefed about the type of fishes and their management under the integrated rice based farming system. At the end, Dr. S. K. Lenka, Principal Scientist and Co- Principal Investigator gave the practical training on paddy straw mushroom cultivation to the Self Help Group (SHG) women farmers of the village. Mushroom spawn bottles were distributed among the twenty farm women of the village to encourage them for mushroom cultivation on commercial basis.The training programme was given to the farmers pertaining to present pandemic situation of COVID19.