Mushroom farming is an agricultural activity which is truly organic and highly beneficial, not only as a source of nutritional food item but also as a supplementary income to the family. It is relatively less labour intensive and provides good returns within a short period of time.
In order to spread the message of organic farming and healthy agricultural practices, TIES regularly conducts training programmes on eco-friendly mushroom cultivation for the public and students. The training programme is conducted under the aegis of Division of Mushroom Farming and Research, TIES and it is managed by Ms. Roshini Susan Elias. An experimental farm with more than 100 beds is maintained in the campus. Research activities are mainly focussed on farmer level problems such as contamination of microbial organisms at various levels and increase of shelf life of mushroom and mushroom products.
More than 2000 people from different walks of life have undergone the training so far and they together have formed a Mushroom Club under TIES. Special training sessions are also being conducted for school and college students in batches under the title ‘Earn while you learn’.
Major focus of research and training programmes is on two selected species of cultivable mushrooms in India: Milky mushroom (Calocybe indica) and oyster mushroom (Pleurotus sp.).