The project plans to assist 200 women mushroom growers in six villages in Tamulpur and Nagrijuli blocks of Baksa districtin Assam. The villages are Pakhribari, NatunHaoli, Montangapar, Kalipur, Ulubari and Ahuzarguri. Baksa district sharesan international border with Bhutan which is about 5 kms away from the above mentioned villages. The project aims in providingthe women mushroom growers a platform towards sustainable development though economic benefit. The target women belong to Bodo, Nepali,
There is huge crisis in skill based training and technical backlogs in the area which results in poor storage of mushroom and its production process and also it adversely affects the processing of mushroom items. The women mushroom growers face difficulties in building market linkages outside their areas due to poor transport and communication facilities. Since most of the women are economically poor they are unable to invest an excessive amount of monetary support from their end in production.
Forming a women producer group will help in meeting the demand of the buyers and better negotiation. Mushroom cultivation is an established activity amongst many women of the villages. These women farmers are scattered in many villages. Women play a crucial role in the cultivation process of mushroom as the activity is being done at homesteads of the households.
The project will benefit 200 women to cultivate mushroom in an improved manner. Further 200 families will have additional sources of earning and an increase of family income per month by Rs.3000/- per 100 mushroom cylinders for each household is to be accomplished.