Mushroom and spawn production: An ideal component for start-ups for unemployed youth
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Mushrooms have excellent source of good quality vegetable protein and can produce highest protein in per unit area within short period of time. Mushroom production is considered a highly profitable and environmentally sustainable venture which helps in recycling and management of abundant agricultural wastes which is otherwise burnt in the field by few farmers. Mushrooms have excellent business opportunities which can be opted by any farmers/aspirants/agri-professionals as a start-up with a low investment and minimum space by utilizing vertical spaces. Even after production of the mushroom, spent compost of mushroom can be utilized for making of soilless media for growing of vegetables in polyhouses as well as bioconversion in vermicomposting or may be utilized for growing of organic rich vegetables. Mushroom production technology is highly ideal for women residing in the urban and peri-urban areas for generation of cottage employment which can be helpful in improving their livelihood and nutritional security.
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