Solan: Solan is known as “Mushroom City of India”, as the cultivation of mushrooms in India was first started in 1961 at Chambaghat in the then College of Agriculture- the main root campus of the present Dr. Y.S.Parmar University. The university in collaboration with Indian Mushroom Growers Association is organizing two days National Seminar on “Diversification for sustainable profitability in mushroom production” on November 26 and 27 at Nauni Campus here. Spokesman of university P.D.Bhardwaj said in a press release that university is celebrating its silver jubilee year and it is great vision that the university hosted this important event which is connected to thousands of people.
This two day National Seminar was inaugurated today at Nauni by Hon’ble Education Minister of Himachal Pradesh I.D.Dhiman who underlined the need to disseminate this technology wider so that the youth and women in particular can adopt it as an occupation. Director, Directorate of Mushroom Research, Chambaghat Manjeet Singh was the Guest of honour at the function and he highlighted the potential of this crop which can become mass occupation for our youth and can also be a major export earner. Also, the Vice Chancellor of Dr. Y.S.Parmar University Dr. K. R. Dhiman emphasized the role of the university in standardizing the technology of mushroom production according to local conditions and then its dissemination and popularization in the country. More than 73 scientists and growers from different parts of the country attended this important seminar. On this occasion, five progressive growers namely Budhi Ram Thakur, Chandan Mehta, D.K.Majumdar, Yusuf Khan and Vikas Banyal were also honoured for their dedicated efforts in popularizing mushroom cultivation in the country.