Small effort, big profit; mushroom farming brings fortune to homemaker in Kottayam
Karukachal (Kottayam): Manthuruthy native Shoshamma started growing mushrooms only to take the harvested mushrooms for their household use. When the unexpected yield showed her a new way of income, she expanded cultivation and is now a successful farmer.
Shoshamma visited a farm in Pala two years ago to learn about mushroom farming representing her Ayalkoottam. She also trained all 18 members of the unit later. They had planned to start mushroom farming under the leadership of Ayalkoottam unit. All members began growing mushroom in their houses. Some of them succeeded while some others failed. But only Shoshamma continued with the venture.
Mushroom buds are kept in a makeshift shed built close to the house. Shoshamma manages to harvest mushroom every week. Though she was doubtful about sales initially, the small shops in the area started buying packets of mushroom. As the quality of the mushrooms was noticed widely, people visited Shoshamma's house to get fresh mushrooms. She charges Rs 400 per kilogram.
Now Shoshamma faces only shortage of product as buyers keep coming. She said that the family managed to survive the lockdown crisis through earnings from mushroom farming. Her husband James and children also support her in the venture. Shoshamma opined that anyone who is willing to work hard can be successful through mushroom farming.