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I Began A Flourishing Mushroom Biz at Dwelling With Rs 1000, Now Earn Rs 3 Lakh/Yr


As a housewife and mom of three, Rekha Kumari from Hathua in Bihar had her palms full for years till her kids grew up and left residence for additional training. 

Not one to take a seat idle, she determined to make use of the time she now needed to discover farming and entrepreneurship collectively by means of a mushroom enterprise.

“I had a number of free time and wished to beat the boredom, however productively. Whereas in search of concepts, I learn in regards to the scope of mushroom cultivation within the newspaper. What attracted me probably the most was the comfort of rising them at residence itself,” Rekha tells The Higher India.

What began as a small endeavour with simply Rs 1,000 in 2013 became a flourishing agricultural and entrepreneurial enterprise inside just a few years.

At present, her mushroom farming earns her a enterprise of Rs 3 to 4 lakh a yr. Together with her learnings in regards to the career through the years, Rekha has additionally skilled hundreds in mushroom farming, she says. 

‘Began with Rs 1,000 from my bed room.’

Rekha Kumari at her mushroom farm.
Rekha Kumari at her mushroom farm.

In 2013, when Rekha found the potential of mushrooms, its dietary qualities and the scope of rising it, she began finding out extra in regards to the fungi on YouTube. 

“I additionally interacted with a number of others who had been already cultivating mushrooms,” says the 51-year-old.

Rekha, who began her enterprise with out correct coaching, says that she wouldn’t advise this, as she skilled a number of losses at first on account of lack of expertise. She then took coaching from the Krishi Vigyan Kendra in Sipaya and Rajendra Prasad Central Agricultural College Pusa in Samastipur in 2018. 

“I used to be guided by Dr Sanjay Kumar, a scientist at Krishi Vigyan Kendra, and skilled by Dr Dayaram Rao, who’s my guru on this enterprise. It was solely after the coaching that I began receiving optimistic outcomes,” says the economics graduate.

Beginning with simply oyster mushrooms, she has now expanded her cultivation to 5 extra varieties — button mushrooms, milky button mushrooms, shiitake mushrooms, hericium mushrooms and paddy straw mushrooms.

The expanded cultivation now takes over six rooms in her personal home. 

“After receiving correct coaching, there was no turning again. I turned extra assured to discover and broaden the enterprise additional. Finally, I additionally began making mushroom spawns alone at residence,” she says.

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Rekha Kumari baking mushroom biscuits
Rekha Kumari baking mushroom biscuits.

Rekha grows numerous seasonal mushroom varieties by means of the yr beneath her registered enterprise Anand Jyoti Mushroom Utpadan Kendra. 

With steering from the officers of Krishi Vigyan Kendra and the agricultural college, she experimented with promoting value-added mushrooms merchandise as a way to stretch the shelf lifetime of her produce. “Through the years, I learnt to make completely different value-added merchandise like mushroom powder, pickles, biscuits, samosas, namkeen, ladoos, and so forth,” she provides.

The merchandise are offered by means of her centre and native outlets. “The mushroom powder can be utilized as a well being complement by mixing it with milk or by including it in several dishes like kheer, seva and many others,” she explains.

Mushroom-based namkeen is priced at Rs 250 per kg, biscuits and laddoos at Rs 400 per kg, samosas at Rs 300 per kg. 

Mushroom samosas, biscuits and ladoos
Mushroom samosas, biscuits and ladoos

“Within the preliminary years, I needed to rely upon my husband to spend money on my enterprise. However now I’ve been in a position to make a gentle earnings and earn round Rs 3-4 lakh a yr,” she says, including that it was her husband Ashwini Kumar who inspired her to pursue her dream to be an entrepreneur.

After reaping success, Rekha determined to coach folks in mushroom cultivation and worth addition. “I felt that there are lots of folks, particularly ladies, who may gain advantage from mushroom cultivation. I used to be positive that identical to it helped me, it could assist many stand on their very own toes,” she explains.

“Via my free on-line lessons, I’ve been in a position to practice folks in several components of the nation like Madhya Pradesh, Kashmir, Andamans, Mumbai, and so forth. Apart from, I conduct paid coaching lessons each month at residence,” she says. “Since 2018, I’ve skilled round 1,000 folks on-line and offline, amongst which round 500 have been rising mushrooms actively.”

People attending training on mushroom cultivation from Rekha Kumari
Folks attending coaching on mushroom cultivation from Rekha Kumari

Sheela Devi, a resident of Andaman and Nicobar islands, took on-line coaching from Rekha and has been actively cultivating mushrooms. “I got here to find out about Rekha by means of YouTube and attended her free on-line coaching round three years in the past. Ever since, I’ve been in a position to develop oyster mushrooms that normally don’t develop nicely in Andamans. I utilized what she taught me within the coaching and it has been very helpful.”

“I’ve been in a position to earn round Rs 45,000 on a mean per 30 days earlier than bills,” she provides.

In the meantime, Rekha says, “Although it requires correct coaching and arduous work, mushroom cultivation is one thing anybody can undertake and earn a great earnings from. That is very true for unemployed ladies who’re trying ahead to beginning one thing on their very own at residence.”

For extra info, you possibly can contact Rekha Kumari at 7667594296.

Edited by Divya Sethu



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