MUSHROOM FARMING

Mushroom cultivation is one of the most profitable agribusiness that can be started with minimum investment and space. Mushroom farming in India is growing steadily as an alternative source of income.

mushrooms begin to grow within 10-15 days of spawning. They continue to grow for the next ten days. Once the volva erupts and the mushroom inside is exposed the crop is ready for harvest. These mushrooms being very delicate have a very short shelf life. They must be consumed fresh. If refrigerated, they can be stored only for a maximum of 3 days.

In animal feed, the inclusion of insect powder may help reduce the use of antibiotics. Also, no antibiotics are needed to farm insects as compared to the high level of antibiotics used in chicken farming.

Farming insects is socially more inclusive than say raising cattle, pigs or sheep, as insects are easy to farm, do not need huge investment or “high-tech” skills.

Therefore, farming and processing of insects offer unique opportunities for business and jobs both in developed and developing countries, as it supports the local agro-economy by making animal feed cheaper and more sustainable.