Tuesday, 16 January 2018 | PNS | Dehradun- The Forest Research Institute (FRI) director Savita inaugurated a training programme on the cultivation of edible and medicinal mushrooms at the institute on Monday. Addressing the gathering on the occasion, she expressed hope that the expected outcomes of this training will provide clear dimensions to the extension of mushroom cultivation technology, and the participants will be able to apply their skills and knowledge among rural people and other stakeholders for this purpose. The FRI Forest Pathology divison head Amit Pandey emphasised on the need for such laboratory to land initiatives for the benefit of the rural community. He discussed in detail the current research areas and future scope of research. The coordinator of the training programme, Shailesh Pandey gave a detailed outline of the training module and demonstrated the steps involved in the cultivation of different mushroom species. According to officials, the training programme organised by the FRI Forest Pathology division, is a part of the initiative under the Indian Council of Forestry Research and Education (ICFRE)- Human Resource Development (HRD) plan for capacity building of technical and scientific manpower in different institutes under the umbrella of the council. The purpose of the training is to provide hands-on training to the technical officers on artificial cultivation of important edible and medicinal mushrooms. The capacity building programme will equip the participants with the practical aspects of mushroom cultivation which in future could be extended to the stakeholders, especially farmers, for enhancing their income substantially and provide an alternative source of livelihood. The malnutrition issues can also be tackled by incorporating mushroom in daily diet. The main objective of the training is to provide hands-on training to the technical officers on the cultivation of Oyster mushroom and Ganodermalucidum. The former being highly nutritive edible mushroom is most sort after and fetches good market price, whereas, the later possesses high medicinal properties which are anti-cancerous, immunomodulator and improve various bodily functions. Apart from this, the detection of bio-active principles in mushrooms, value addition, and marketing aspects will also be discussed in detail during the training.