Kashmiri girls take up mushroom cultivation under NRLM scheme

20 December, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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Girls from the South Kashmir district of Kulgam have begun mushroom farming as part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) programme.

In conjunction with the agriculture department, girls from the South Kashmir district of Kulgam have begun mushroom farming as part of the National Rural Livelihood Mission (NRLM) programme.

The agricultural department of Kulgam has provided subsidy-based units for mushroom growing to aspiring entrepreneurs who are enrolled in the UMEED scheme under NRLM. According to an official, the agricultural department is offering a 50% subsidy and technological know-how to turn the business into a viable one.

Mushroom Development Assistant Shakeel-Ur-Rehman said, “40 mushroom growing units were given out during the autumn crop season. Out of which, 90% of the share was set aside for women. For the purpose of empowering women, we have issued a 90% share. Their units are in place, and the crop is ready. It is available for purchase “.

Rehman said that women of all ages and educational levels are included in the programme.

He further added “By creating these apartments, we have fully partnered with these aspiring business owners. The fact that women can grow mushrooms at home is the largest benefit. They may keep it in a different room. They receive the appropriate instruction and knowledge. Such units receive frequent visits from a representative.”

A businesswoman from Kulgam named Tahira Bashir stated, “First and foremost, I want to thank the department for helping us obtain this unit. They worked together with the agricultural department and were a huge assistance to us. Our unit is on track since they also advised us in the right direction. The amount of Rs. 15,000 deposited will be reimbursed later. The full mushroom sales revenue belongs to us”.