Environmental Sustainability & Entrepreneurship – Why I chose Mushroom Cultivation
The Lifestyle Portal is proud to present our first Guest Speaker, Trupti Dhakate, Founder of Quality Mushrooms, Pune. Drop by at Northern Lights, E-Square on 23rd November 2019 for our 2nd Entrepreneurs’ Meetup in Pune to hear her speak and get to know about environmental sustainability and entrepreneurship through Trupti.
Guest Speaker: Trupti Dhakate, Founder, Quality Mushrooms, Pune.
I chose mushroom cultivation mainly because it’s eco-friendly. One of the biggest issues after harvesting a crop is its leftover stalk which is the most often burnt further contributing to pollution.
This residual straw irrespective of which plants it belongs to is the perfect substrate to grow Mushrooms. After harvesting mushrooms, the leftover the mushroom bed can be used to make vermicompost as mushrooms help to detox the soil.
Mushrooms are not only great for the soil but also for human and animal consumption; in fact, certain essential amino acids, antioxidants and proteins make mushrooms an excellent food choice. Earlier mushrooms were found on pizza toppings and soups, but gradually mushrooms have found their way into our daily cuisine and menus through curries, sabzis and snacks.
Why I’m cultivating mushrooms is because not only we get nutritious food rich in antioxidants, Vitamin D, Calcium, Iron, Phosphorus, Amino Acids and Folic Acids, but also, it helps to keep our environment clean. Mushrooms are suitable supplements for individuals with Diabetics and Heart issues. In India, we can overcome the Malnutrition problem by consuming nutritious mushrooms. From mushrooms, we can make more value-added products like Dry-Mushroom, Dry-Powder, Biscuit, Papad, Pickle, Noodles, Nuggets, Mushroom Soup, Mushroom Masala and many more. It has great demand all over the world.
We cultivate two variants of Mushrooms Oyster & Milky. These mushrooms have better texture and taste. Oyster and Milky mushroom can be grown at home with minimum investment. We take workshops to educate and empower people to cultivate Mushrooms. Our aim through the workshop is to make the farmer’s aware of the many benefits of mushroom farming, ranging from monetary and environmental. Mushrooms are easier to grow than common vegetables like tomato, spinach, chilies. Mushroom is also great as a farming crop, given the backdrop of the water crisis in the country. Mushrooms require far less water or space than any other crop and grow around the year in a temperature-controlled environment.
All the procedure of mushroom is minus any use of pesticides or chemicals. We don’t endorse chemicals, it is unhealthy and ends up in our bloodstream. Mushrooms are purely vegetarian and belong to the plant category. The only thing they miss is the green pigment.
Besides farmers, the workshop will benefit hobby gardeners who want to learn mushroom cultivation at home. Most of the ladies want to do something at home but they get confused about which business should have to start. So those ladies also can do Mushroom business at home also.
Most of the Farmer burn agriculture residue but over these leftover stalks, we can cultivate Mushrooms. So it’s a great opportunity for farmers to start as an alternate source of income by cultivating mushrooms in minimum investment and surely get profit in it.
Any person can do the mushroom cultivation business and earn a good profit of margin in it. Young graduates can also start their own business and may create employment for others as well.
The Lifestyle Portal’s 2nd Entrepreneurs’ Meetup, Pune: (For more details, click here)
Venue: Northern Lights, E-Square, Pune
Timing: 9:30am – 5:30pm
Date: 23rd November (Saturday), 2019
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Topics to be covered at the meetup:
i) Top 5 Business Mistakes I made & the Lessons Learned.
ii) What does Environmental Sustainability & Entrepreneurship mean to me
iii) Homepreneurs – what makes us so successful
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