R.K. Mission Blind Boys' Academy, Narendrapur

Mushroom Project

The Mushroom Project of Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Blind Boys' Academy, Narendrapur is playing a major role combating the protein malnutrition and enhancement of family earning in rural Bengal with the grace of RKVY and Agriculture Dept., Govt. of West Bengal.
It’s small but potential spawn making laboratory produces spawns of oyster, milky and paddy– straw mushrooms, total production being 1200 bags(200 gm each) per month. Spawns are sold to farmers at minimum cost and are used for farmers' training and in-house farming.

The farm house with capacity of 1800 compost bags presently produces 150 Kg of fresh mushroom per month with participation of trainee blind boys of the Academy. The product is sold within the campus and rest is dried by tray – dryer for making mushroom soup with automatic packaging system under full hygienic condition.

A dynamic thrust has been taken with massive awareness and training on mushroom cultivation in rural sectors through SHGs and Social Organizations as entrepreneurs. The project supplies the spawn at minimum cost to the trained farmers and extend facilities of buy-back the excess poduct of mushroom after their family consumption and local marketing.

Since the mushroom cultivation requires less physical labour and less capital involvement ,some of the blind boys of the Academy who are actively under training in the project are seriously planning to take up this cultivation as profession after completion of their training course in BBA. This project will always remain supportive behind them.

Meanwhile, fifteen training programmes have been completed by mid-September, 2011 in rural areas of South and North 24-Parganas, Paschim Medinipur, Murshidabad and Jalpaiguri districts. Encouraging response for training from cultivators especially from women members of SHGs are worth noticing. After training, the follow up continuation of mushroom cultivation has been started by farmers of Harapur (S–24–Parganas), Sargachhi(Murshidabad), Math Bishnupur(Paschim medinipur).

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