Mhathung Yanthan and others during a visit to the Oyster & Shiitake mushroom farm in Pfutseromi village on August 17. (Morung Photo)

Our correspondent
Kohima | 21st of August

Nagaland Horticulture and Border Affairs Advisor Mhathung Yanthan visited the oyster and shiitake mushroom cultivation project in Pfutseromi village in Phek district on August 17. Impressed by such a project, he assured to provide all possible help to move it forward.

This cultivation of Oyster & Shiitake mushrooms was taken over by Tyrannus Community MPCS Ltd.

The Company was registered in 1991.

Mushroom cultivation was introduced to the Society by Nagaland Horticulture Department and Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Porba in 2011, which intrigued the Society to cultivate oyster mushrooms in 2012 and shiitake mushrooms in 2013.

However, the company was unable to find a sustainable market and also unable to source dehydrators and storage facilities and production was halted, Tyrannus Community MPCS Ltd Chairman Samuel Ritse said.

The Company resumed cultivation of oyster mushrooms in August and shiitake in September 2021.

“Currently, we have 650 bottles of oysters and 1,200 approx. Shiitake diaries,” Ritse said. Dr. Sosang Longkumer, Director of Konger Agritech, Dimapur, guided the company and provided oyster mushroom and shiitake gudgeon spawn.

Ritse also highlighted some major factors facing farmers in the form of lack of storage facilities and market linkages, which discourage farmers from producing in large quantities.

“Unlike other years, today we see our government elevating entrepreneurs and farmers which is an encouraging sign,” he said and appreciated the Department of Horticulture for the recent achievement of the export of Kiwi, King Chilli, etc.
The Society hoped that the government would create a network for them.

Ritse said the Company will continue its business with a focus on Shiitake mushroom.

“We request and seek unwavering support and guidance from various sectors so that we can generate revenue, increase the economy of the state and create jobs for our youth,” Ritse added.