Over 70 women, most of them homemakers, will attend training on mushroom cultivation at the Mushroom Seed Production Centre at the horticulture farm on Friday. This, according to Assistant Director of Horticulture (State sector) Raju, indicates a growing interest among them to earn a little extra by growing mushroom at home.
The centre, adjacent to Kukkarahalli lake here, is the second mushroom seed (spawn) production centre in the State, after the farm at Hulimavu, Bangalore.
According to Mr. Raju, the training offered by the centre — four times a year, for a day each — has seen more demand from homemakers, even from places such as Mangalore and Udupi, since last year.
Besides them, farmers are also keen to grow mushrooms, as it brings reasonably good income without much investment, he said.
For example, oyster mushrooms fetch about Rs. 150 a kg, and are in demand in the hotel industry.
Mushrooms are also considered nutritious.
Mr. Raju told The Hindu that the centre had produced a record 15,000 mushroom seed packets, each weighing 200 gm, last year. (The Hulimavu farm produces about 5,000 to 6,000 packets a year). Each packet is sold at a subsidised cost of Rs. 10 at the centre.
“The increase in the sale of packets further indicates the demand for edible mushrooms,” Mr. Raju said.