ANANTNAG: The Department of Agriculture Production and Farmer Welfare of Kashmir today organized a week-long training program on mushroom production technology in the government. Barakpora Higher Secondary School for Boys, Anantnag. The training program is attended by newly recruited employees under the PM package for Kashmiri migrants and non-migrant Kashmiri pandits in the department.
During the inauguration of the training programme, Anantnag Director of Agriculture, Sartaj Ahmad Shah, in his opening remarks, underscored the importance of training for newly recruited officials and stressed that the training will enhance the skills and strengthen the skills of employees.
He said the program aims to increase employees’ knowledge of growing, harvesting, processing, adding value and marketing mushrooms. He also stated that the training will improve the performance of an incumbent holding a position with assigned job responsibilities.
Additionally, Agriculture Manager Anantnag started the session by giving a lecture on introducing the world of mushrooms. Sartaj Ahmad Shah said that skilled human resources in the department and a skill-based agricultural community could play a leading role in the progress and development of the agricultural sector in the coming days.
He said mushroom production is an allied wing of the agricultural sector that could also be easily adopted by landless farmers. CAO Anantnag said mushroom production has enormous potential to improve the socio-economic conditions of small and marginal farmers. He asked participants of the training program to connect with farmers who have developed their mushroom units and do their utmost to attract more farmers and educated young people to the mushroom sector.
He said the department has already introduced a multi-dimensional marketing model in which marketing facilities are extended to mushroom growers at their doorstep so that they can get the maximum yield from their products.