G Rajadurai, 33, who had been working in an automobile showroom in the city, wanted to start his own business around two years ago. Driven by the information he had read in a book about mushroom cultivation, he went about learning the ropes. "I did a one-day course on mushroom cultivation and also travelled to a lot of mushroom farms around the state," he says.
Today, he runs his own oyster mushroom farm at Athappa Gounden Pudur near the city. He harvests around 80kg a day on the one-acre farm and sells them for around Rs125 per kilogram. Mushrooms have been a favourite in Coimbatore for around 20 years, say cultivators. "Even when mushrooms were unknown in Chennai, Coimbatore residents were seeking mushrooms from outlets," says A R Subramanian, who has been cultivating oyster mushrooms in the city for 20 years. Today, from bakeries to roadside 'kaalan' outlets, mushrooms have almost become a staple....Read more
Source web page:Times of India