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Mushroom are vitamin D and folic acid rich fruiting body of fungi visible. These are low-cost health food, nutraceutical in nature having massive agro-waste conversion ability, highest producer of protein per unit area & time, is highly suitable as a tool for developing rural entrepreneurship through sustainable development in compliance with UN sustainable goals SDGs for zero hunger, health & wellbeing.
Bio-conversion of Assam"s surplus agro-waste of 2.74 million tons to 1.37 million tons of mushroom for potential annual turnover of 21,117 crores. With the alarming growth of global population, proportionate growth of food and nutrition is always remained a prime concern. The issue becomes even more grim with the depletion of potent agricultural land and other resources along with management of solid waste which includes agricultural waste as well.
Mushroom cultivation is found to be popular answer to all the above concerns and which stands as a quality food, requires less land and can be a tool to manage agricultural waste. Diversification in any farming system imparts sustainability. Mushrooms are one such component that not only impart diversification but also help in addressing the problems of quality food, health and environmental sustainability.
Consumption of mushroom on daily basis boost the health of the consumer. The attributes are good for heart (no bad cholesterol), low calorie food (good for diabetic patient), prevents cancer (especially prostrate and breast cancer), anti-aging, regulates digestive system, strengthen immunity, having anti-cholesterol compound like lovastatin. Mushroom like Trametes versilcolor synthesize Polysaccharide-K (Kresin) which is a leading anti-cancer drug. Consumption of basic mushrooms are good for expecting and lactating mother.View Details