Anantnag Mar 23: (KNS) 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 Anantnag Higher Secondary School for Boys. The training program is attended by newly recruited employees under the Hon’ble PM program for Kashmiri migrants and non-migrant Kashmiri pandits in the department.
During the inauguration of the training programme, Director of Agriculture Anantnag Sartaj Ahmad Shah in his opening remarks underlined the importance of training for newly recruited civil servants and stressed that the training will build skills and strengthen employee skills.
The program aims to increase employee 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 the participants of the training program to be in contact with the farmers who have developed their mushroom units and to make every effort to attract more educated farmers/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 maximum return for their products. (KNS)