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YVK empowers indigenous women with mushroom cultivation training


BY TC News Desk

Agartala, December 30: Yuva Vikash Kendra (YVK), with the support of National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD), successfully concluded a three-day Mushroom Cultivation Training Programme for 29 indigenous women from ADV Village under Jirania Sub-Division. This initiative, held at Madhav Bari, aims to equip these women with valuable skills and knowledge to cultivate mushrooms, promoting sustainable livelihoods and economic empowerment.

The program commenced on December 28th, 2023, with a grand inauguration ceremony graced by the Chief Guest, Diganta Kumar Das, Deputy General Manager of NABARD. Joining him were Arpita Roy, Assistant Director of the Department of Agriculture, Somjit Bhar, Assistant Manager, NABARD, Jayanta Das, Panchayat Secretary, Bishurai Debbarma and Debashis Majumder, President of YVK.

Throughout the three days, the participants received comprehensive training from YVK’s Master Trainer, Binay Debbarma. The sessions covered various aspects of mushroom cultivation, including spawn selection, substrate preparation, spawn running, casing, cropping, harvesting, and post-harvest management. Participants also gained valuable insights into marketing and financial management, equipping them with the necessary skills to turn their newfound knowledge into profitable ventures.

The program culminated on December 30th, 2023, with a sense of accomplishment and optimism. The participants expressed their gratitude to YVK and NABARD for providing them with this life-changing opportunity. They are now confident and eager to apply their learnings to cultivate mushrooms, not only for their own consumption but also as a source of income for their families and communities.

“NABARD is committed to supporting initiatives that empower rural communities and promote sustainable livelihoods. We are confident that this training program will enable these women to achieve economic independence and contribute to the overall development of their village,” Diganta Kumar Das, Deputy General Manager, NABARD.

“The Department of Agriculture applauds YVK and NABARD for taking this crucial step towards empowering women in rural areas. Mushroom cultivation holds immense potential, and we are confident that this program will have a significant impact on the lives of the participants,” Arpita Roy, Assistant Director, Department of Agriculture.

“We are overwhelmed by the positive response to this training program. Witnessing the participants’ enthusiasm and determination to utilize their learning is truly inspiring. We believe that this initiative will pave the way for a brighter future for these women and their communities,” Debashis Majumder, President, YVK.

YVK’s Mushroom Cultivation Training Programme is a testament to the organization’s commitment to rural development and women’s empowerment. This initiative has the potential to transform lives and livelihoods, fostering a more sustainable and prosperous future for the indigenous communities of Jirania.

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