The lockdown of 2020 has given numerous that means to lots of people. For some it was troublesome, and for some it may need been a blessing. One thing similatr occurred to the folks of Nagaland.
Temjen Wati labored as a multitude supervisor of a personal school in Nagaland’s Mokokchung district. Issues took a flip when the lockdown was imposed and he was confined to his residence. That’s when Temjem determined to work on a particular form of Shiitake mushroom farming in his backyard on just a few lump of wooden.
It was in August that the sprouting season started and Temjem was delighted to chop his onerous labored harvest. Wati was capable of harvest practically 15 Kgs of Shiitake Mushrooms which was greater than sufficient for him to make use of for his private use and to promote as properly.
Shitaake Mushroom is taken into account as a extremely nutritious edible mushroom which is principally present in East Asian international locations like China & Japan. Nevertheless, they’re spreading extensively in Nagaland as properly.
Dr Sosang Longkumer’s Contribution
The mushroom is kind of costly and scarcely obtainable in India. The customers there need to import it from different Asian international locations like Korea, Thailand, Japan & China.
Dr Sosang Longkumer, Naga Scientist, will be credited for this huge unfold of Shiitake farming within the state. He belived that like different Southeast Asian international locations, Nagaland can change into a hotspot for Shiitake farming.
Longkumer established his small mushroom spawn manufacturing laboratory in Dimapur the place he would analysis on Shiitake farming. After in depth analysis and experiments, the primary Shiitake fruit was spawned in October 2019.
One 12 months down the road, Longkumer has skilled roughly 500 farmers in Shiitake and Oyster mushroom cultivation, and his group at his start-up, Konger Agritech, has made about 15,00,00Zero Shiitake dowel spawns and 10,00Zero kg of Oyster mushroom spawns.
Shiitake even got here to the rescue of eight ladies within the Aliba Village. Through the lockdown, these ladies had been capable of domesticate the mushroom and have doubled the revenue from what they obtained whereas engaged on tomatoes and potatos cultivation. All of them have been skilled by Dr Sosang Longkumer. As per their statments, since August, they’ve harvested 38.5 kg, bought it at Rs 600 per kg, and earned practically Rs 23,000.
Temjen Wati and the Aliba village ladies are just a few examples of how the Shiitake farming has been helpful within the ruaral areas of Nagaland.
Since Shiitake has nice medicianal properties like helpful in combating most cancers, the manufacturing ought to be larger in India based on Dr Longkumer. On prime of that, Nagaland serves as the perfect location with its hill and weather conditions to assist the cultivation of Shiitake.
Dr Longkumer has given numerous time and vitality in enabling the farming of the Shiitake mushroom in Nagaland. Nevertheless, for the reason that farmers are usually not a lot conscious of the demand of the mushroom they haven’t been very eager to modify to it.
With the intention to encourage the farmers, Longkumer has even supplied a buy-back coverage at Rs 500 per kg of produce.
The state governement has additionally taken discover of Longkumer’s efforts and throughout the announcement of its ‘Roadmap for Financial Improvement- Publish COVID-19 Pandemic’, the Nagaland State Rural Livelihood Mission (NSRLM) has included mushroom cultivation as part of it.