Bhadrak man scripts success story with mushroom cultivation

Where there’s a will there’s a way, proves Bhadrak man Dillip Kumar Majhi of Sahaspur under Dhamnagar block of Bhadrak district. After his success in cultivation and fish firming, Dillip is aiming high with mushroom cultivation.

The young farmer, who is producing more than 20kg KGs of mushroom per day said, “There is no shortcut to success but there are mantras.”

“About three years back, I came to know about the Reliance Foundation Information Service (RFIS) when it was announcing about the successful and proven methods of mushroom cultivation. I had seen many failures in my life but for a moment, I thought of taking a chance and immediately I called on the toll-free number of the foundation and shared my interest. It took three days for them and I got a call from one of the officials of the foundation and he provided me with all necessary guidance to start the farming activities. My journey to success began that day and I never looked back again.”

Being a graduate, Dillip could have got a job in any firm but he opted for farming as he was keen on experimenting with different farming techniques and get success.

He said, “Although I failed multiple times in farming, I never lose hope. I again ventured into the business. The initial days were not easy for me. My friends, even my family members taunted me for my initiative but I was like hard of hearing and worked on the way. I learned many things from my failures and from the foundation I learned how to hit the jackpot of success in mushroom cultivation.”

“Initially, I managed to get only one or two kg of mushroom from my farm which is around 2000 sq meters. I worked hard to get more in a day. I regularly called the foundation and shared details on the farming and get suggestions to improve the production. I just followed their advice and within a short period I tasted the fruit of success,” he added.

“Mushroom cultivation is a technical process. It can become a money-making proposition with proper use of technology and experts’ guidance. It requires less manpower which is an advantage for a farmer. Being alone, I chose this business and got success with regular guidance from the RFIS experts. I am learning many new techniques of mushroom firming.

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The Bhadrak man is expecting to harvest more than 50 kg of mushroom per day within the next year and employ some more people in the business.

The proud farmer also makes good profit from cultivation of paddy, local varieties of fruits and vegetables along with fish cultivation.

It is from his farming activities; he makes Rs 45,000 per month. He has also constructed a beautiful house of his own. Besides, the food requirements of his family also get fulfilled by his farm. It also fulfills his other requirements. “Instead of taking sweets, I carry packets of mushrooms for friends or relatives when I visit them,” Dillip said with a hearty smile.

The Bhadrak man said, “Once my friends and relatives who were laughing at my passion and business are now interested to know the techniques and the way to my success. I always ask them to be positive and work under the supervision of the RFIS. Currently, Dillip is guiding 20 of his friends to in mushroom farming. They also make a good profit.

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