The State of Haryana ranks third in producing mushroom which has produced 6164 tonnes of mushrooms during the last financial year and it has set a target of producing 7000 tonnes of mushrooms for the current financial year.
Stating this here on Thursday, an official spokesman of the Haryana Horticulture Department said that about 2100 tonnes of mushrooms had been produced upto December 2007 and the department had set another higher target of producing 7250 tonnes of mushroom during the coming the year 2008-09.
The spokesman said that Sonipat district is on the top by producing 2171 tonnes of mushroom while Panipat district stands second with 1100 tonnes and Gurgoan district with 476 tonnes stands third in the State.
He said that the mushroom is a nutritious food containing good percentage of protein, iron, vitamins and salts. Being low on fats and carbohydrates this is an ideal food for heart and diabetic patients respectively.
He said that there were many varieties of mushroom available in the country but only White Button Mushroom, Milky Mushroom and Dingri varieties were being cultivated in Haryana. He said that for the cultivation of mushroom not much land is required and even the landless farmers could take up the cultivation of this crop.