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Mushroom cultivation becomes profitable

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Over 100 farmers living at four hamlets, locally known as Mushroom Palli at the outskirts of Rangamati town have been cultivating mushroom commercially as it has proved to be a profitable initiative for them there.“I am cultivating mushroom commercially as it is more profitable than any other vegetable we grow around our homesteads.” said Minoti Bala Chakma of Rangapani Mushroom Palli Wednesday.
“It is profitable because its production cost is nominal while its output and price are much higher than other vegetable we grow at our villages, maintained Minoti Bala.“I can produce around 10 kilogram of mushroom a day. I sell those at Tk.130 to Tk.160 per kilogram at local markets,” she said.Many youths are here becoming self-reliant gradually by cultivating the crop commercially around their homesteads, said the self confident Minoti.Rangamati Mushroom Centre (RMC) has been providing necessary supports to the farmers in the village to boost mushroom production in the district.“We have provided them training on how to cultivate the vegetable properly at their homesteads,” said training officer, Taufiqur Rahman of Rangamati DAE.Echoed, the Additional Director of Rangamati region of Directorate of Agriculture Extension (DAE), Haroon-or-Rashid said that apart from supply of necessary materials, we are also assuring them marketing facilities to dispose of their products timely at fare price.The RMC has provided training to about 1400 trainees in the district by now in a year, he added. Basically, two species of mushroom are being cultivated in RMC supported villages. Our aim is to make the unemployed people self reliant by mushroom cultivation in the district, said Haroon-or-Rashid.Mushroom is an herbal vegetable, rich in vitamin potential hedge to diseases. -BSS, Rangamati

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