Self-help-groups (SHG) should learn the nuances of mushroom cultivation and tap the huge potential for the commodity in the markets, said Collector C. Kamaraj here on Thursday.

Inaugurating a training camp for SHGs on mushroom cultivation at the RUDSET Training Centre, he said that with the support from the government, the SHGs had been performing well in many spheres. For its part, the district administration had been offering promotional programmes for the self-help-groups that facilitated in marketing their products.

For instance, SHGs were given space at ‘uzhavar sandhais' to sell their products. In the recently concluded government exhibition too, products manufactured by the SHGs drew good response from the public. Visibility of the commodities to the end consumers was essential.

The Canara Bank, Mahalir Thittam and Department of Horticulture had come together to offer the training. So far, 160 persons had participated in five training programmes this year.

Mr. Kamaraj said that women SHGs in Usilampatti, Tirupparankundram, Alanganallur, among other areas in the district, had underwent training in mushroom cultivation. The Lead Bank had come forward to provide loans to these trained groups, he said.

The government was committed to improve the standard of living of women. Keeping this in mind, people-friendly programmes, which generated income, were being given top priority.

Canara Bank AGM Vijaykumar, Mahalir Thittam Project Officer Thangavel, Horticulture Deputy Director Jeyakodi, Lead Bank Manager Subramanian, RUDSET Director Srikumar, PRO S.S. Saravanan, among others, participated in the inaugural function.