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Skill training for rural youth on mushroom cultivation held
Correspondent
 DOOMDOOMA, Sept 3 - Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), Tinsukia under Assam Agricultural University, Jorhat organised a training on mushroom cultivation for self employment under the Skill Training of Rural Youth (STRY) scheme under Sub-Mission on Agricultural Extension (SMAE) of National Mission on Agriculture Extension and Technology (NMAET) of the Union Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare in association with the National Institute of Agricultural Extension Management (MANAGE), Hyderabad and State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI), Assam from August 27 to September 2.

The objective of the programme was to provide hands on skill training to rural youths of Tinsukia district. The programme was attended by 15 trainees coming from different parts of Tinsukia district in which they were enlightened on the cultivation techniques of different types of mushroom while covering other aspects such as nutritional value, health benefits, management of post-mushroom substrate, value addition and role of SHGs in production and marketing of mushroom.

Special importance was given to market linkage opportunities for self-employment of rural youth. The course was coordinated by Dr Sarodee Boruah, Subject Matter Specialist (Plant Protection) and different topics were covered at length by experts on different disciplines led by Dr Sanjoy Borthakur, Senior Scientist and Head, KVK Tinsukia.

Besides, different schemes and programmes going on in the department of Agriculture especially for mushroom cultivation were elaborated by the District Agricultural Officer of Tinsukia.

On September 2, the valedictory session was graced by Sushil Kumar Gogoi, District Agriculture Officer along with Senior Scientist and Head of the Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Tinsukia and other scientists of the KVK.

During the session, both DAO and Head of KVK, Tinsukia urged the trainees to use the knowledge and skills gained during training in the practical field and hoped that they may become role models in their respective localities. A few trainees also shared their valuable experience with the house and expressed their happiness.

The trainees were duly certified by the institute after the training programme and a training manual incorporating all the lectures was released and distributed among all the trainees. Mushroom spawns along with other critical inputs for cultivation of mushroom were provided to the trainees at the end of the programme.

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