Aiming to supply of nutritious food to the rural people and income generation through mushroom cultivation, the main activities of this section are standardization of feasible production method, training of rural people on mushroom production, organization of production by supplying quality spawn and organizing market. For the production and supply of quality spawn, germplasm of good strains are maintained here. Total 24 strains of mushroom from four genera, Pleurotus, Volvariella, Calocybe and Agaricus, are in the collection here.
Under a project sponsored by Dept. of Horticulture and Food Processing, Govt. of West Bengal, till 2011, VIB had developed and maintained a cold chain system for the delivery of fresh mushroom to Kolkata through the milk booths of Mother Dairy.
Food Processing Technology
A food processing unit has been established with Sarada Swabalambi Mahila Group, for training as well as production of value added products like jam, jelly, pickle, and sauce from mushroom, tomato, chilli, brinjal, mango, pineapple, guava, orange and mixed fruits.