Success stories

1) Thakur Agro Foods, Gat No. – 408, At/Po. Solu, Tal- Khed, Dist-Pune, Pin-412105

Shri. Dnyaneshwar Balwant Thakur, borne on 12th January, 1972, in village Solu, Tal – Khed, Dist-Pune of Maharashtra in farmer family. He completed his education up to B. Com (Exim). Initially he was interested in service, but could not get a good job. Meanwhile, he decided to start project of Frozen products. Accordingly, he started a sophisticated project for frozen foods in the year 2009 for sweet corn, strawberry, green peas, mango pulp, etc. He was satisfied with this job, but it opened so alternatives before him. During this period, he came in contact with Shri. Ramdas Shinde, button mushroom grower, Balaji Mushrooms, Nimbut, Tal-Baramati, Dist-Pune and it developed interest in his mind about mushroom farming and allied opportunities. But he did not get proper technical guidance and contacted the AICRP on Mushroom, College of Agriculture, Pune for detailed knowhow about the button mushroom cultivation and spawn production. Further, he also attended different trainings, seminars and workshops organized by DMR, Solan (HP) to get sufficient technical knowledge about button mushroom technology and spawn production.

He started his own button mushroom cultivation unit at Gate No. – 408, At/Po. – Solu, Tal – Khed, Dist-Pune in 2014 with 1.5 MT/day productions having cost of Rs. 3.75 Crores. He visited different states for marketing of mushroom, spawn supply and consultancy. Now he decided his mission for initiating the entrepreneurs for hygienic and clean mushroom production for export marketing and processing of mushroom and marketing button mushrooms at Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune. He received following awards and appreciations recognizing his work in mushroom cultivation

1. Outstanding International Entrepreneur Award by Pattaya-Bankok (Thialand),

2. Rashtriya Udyog Ratna Award by CEDP, Pune and

3. A Documentary Film made by DD Kisan Channel on his production unit on 3rd January, 2016.

After the start of the project during 2014, the project is running very successfully and engaged about 70 skilled local people for their subsistence.

The story is succeeded only due to the trainings, visits, timely supervision and guidance by the scientists and the staff members of AICRP on Mushroom, Pune Centre and scientists of DMR, Solan i.e. Dr. Manjeet Sing, Ex-Director, Dr. V.P. Sharma, Director, Dr. Shwet Kamal, Principal Scientist, etc.

Contact details

Shri. Dnyaneshwar Balwant Thakur

M/s. Thakur Agro Foods, Gate No. – 408, At/Po. – Solu,

Tal – Khed, Dist-Pune, Pin – 412 105 (MS)

Contact No. 09850052416

E-mail : thakuragrofoods@gmail.com

2) Nileshwar Mushroom Farm, Vadoli Nileshwar, Tal-Karad, Dist-Satara, Maharashtra

Mr. Shikant Hanmant Kumbhar borne on 18th July, 1988 in village Vadoli Nileshwar of Satara district of Maharashtra in poor family. He completed his education up to M.B.A. (Finance & HR) but could not complete higher education. His background is from farmer’s family. During these days he came across one article published by Mycologist, All India Coordinated Mushroom Improvement Project, Pune Centre. Then he approached to the mushroom project for training on oyster mushroom cultivation. Initially he started production on small scale in his tin-sheet shade, but he faced lot of problems in marketing of the produce.

He rushed to Pune, Mumbai, Goa, Kolhapur and Satara cities which are adjoining to Karad, however, could not get good response from consumers. But his enthusiasm power did not permit him to become nervous. He took lot of efforts to develop market and finally with the full support of his family, he established his own market by trade name “Nileshwar Mushroomand developed a good position for oyster mushroom in Pune, Kolhapur, Goa and Mumbai market.

Since the initiation of his mushroom cultivation, he maintained his touch with scientists of Pune Centre. For large production of mushroom, basic infrastructure facilities were established by him without any financial assistance. Now the infrastructural facilities are well developed. He had expanded the mushroom cultivation capacity up to 40 kg per day with total of 12.00 MT oyster mushroom per annum along with a unit of vermicompost having capacity of 5 MT/month.

He decided to produce value added products from oyster mushrooms. He is marketing the fresh mushroom @ Rs. 150/kg and dry mushroom @ Rs. 800/kg with 40 to 50% net profit from it. In his mushroom farm, he has engaged 10 skilled labors along with family members. He developed about two new oyster mushroom farms in adjoining areas and provides them technical expertise. Now, he is motivating and providing guidance to new oyster mushroom growers.

Contact details

M/s. NILESHWAR MUSHROOM FARM

At/Po. – Vadoli Neleshwar

Tal. – Karad, Dist. – Satara (M.S.)

Contact No +91 976069475

E-mail: nileshwarmushroom@gmail.com

3) Siddharth Mushrooms, Nashik, Maharashtra

Mr. Pawar Kiran Sadashiv borne on 12th June, 1974, in village Loni (Bk.), Pravaranagar of Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra in poor family. He completed his Diploma in Chemical Engineering in the year 1996-97. Initially he was interested in service, but he could not get a good job. Meanwhile, he joined marketing company where he had to travel extensively from door to door for selling domestic appliances. He was not satisfied with this job, but it opened several alternatives before him. He continued this job for 1½ years. During this period, he saw farming in various villages and it developed interest in his mind about farming and allied opportunities. One day he had seen advertisement ” Mushroom Pikawa Aani lakh kamava” published in self employment generation unit of a private agency in Daily Sakal news paper and contacted the organization for training. But he did not get proper technical guidance and contacted the AICRP on Mushroom, College of Agriculture, Pune for detailed knowhow about the oyster mushroom cultivation and spawn production. Further, he attended different trainings, seminars and workshops organized by DMR, Solan (HP) to get sufficient technical knowledge about mushroom technology.

He started his own mushroom cultivation unit at his residence in Loni (Bk), District-Ahamednagar, (Maharashtra) in 1998 with 20 kg/day production. But marketing was the main constraint for him. After contacting those agencies, which advertised for marketing of mushroom denied buying of mushroom. So, he decided to market his own fresh and dry mushroom. With his past marketing experience, he got success in marketing of fresh and dry Oyster mushroom mainly to hotels, big bazaars, supermarkets and directly to the consumers. It built his confidence and thus increased the production capacity as per market demand and also started marketing of fresh and dry oyster mushroom of other mushroom growers. During marketing, he learnt that there is vast scope for good quality mushroom spawn production. To get more detailed technical knowledge of spawn production he completed spawn production training at AICRP on Mushroom, College of Agriculture, Pune in 2001 and started small spawn production unit with the capacity of 500kg/month with the cultures provided by AICRP on Mushroom, Pune Centre. As the demand increased, he developed well equipped spawn laboratory and as on today producing more than 5 MT spawn/month.

He visited different states for marketing of mushroom, spawn supply and consultancy. With the help of different NGO’s engaged in tribal development in Gujrat and Madhya Pradesh, he is guiding more than 125 units of oyster mushroom cultivation. He is being invited for lectures on oyster mushroom at different colleges, KVKs, Forest Departments, etc. Now he decided his mission for initiating the entrepreneurs for hygienic and clean mushroom production for export marketing and processing of mushroom.

The story is succeeded only due to the trainings, visits, timely supervision and guidance by the scientists and the staff members of AICRP on Mushroom, Pune Centre and scientists of DMR, Solan i.e. Dr. Manjeet Sing, Ex. Director and Dr. B. Vijay as well as Dr. R. C. Upadhyay, Ex Principal Scientists of DMR, Solan.

Contact details

M/s Siddharth mushroom

Anant Bldg, Flat No.401, Shree Gajanan Park,

Chehedi Shiv, Nashik Road, Nashik-422 101,

Maharashta

Contact No. 0253-2457636, 09860097636,

E-mail : siddharthmushroom@yahoo.com

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