“Shanti, you must go into mushroom farming. The market demand is tremendous!” This is what some of Shanti KC’s well-meaning relatives suggested one fine day as she was working in her vegetable farm in a plot she owned in Sirutar, Bhaktapur District. Vegetable farming was something she already was good at, having done this since the last three years. Shanti, being a very active and open minded person, was eager to follow the advice and also to learn new techniques in vegetable farming but unfortunately, her well meaning relatives did not have much knowledge about mushroom farming. As a result, Shanti’s initial foray into mushroom farming was a failure.
As luck would have it, BSC came into the picture at the right time and Shanti received business management training from their staff and also arranged a three month class training on mushroom farming at the Centre for Agricultural Technology and Training Centre for her. So eager was Shanti that she did not miss a single class even when she fell sick during practical training courses. Her son helped her by taking notes of every session delivered by the trainer. She learned about cultivating three types of mushrooms: oyster mushroom, white button mushroom and shitaki mushroom. But currently, she produces only two types of mushroom in her farm and is now planning on increasing production to meet the expected high demand during the upcoming Hindu festival of Dashain when she hopes to get higher prices as well.