Defying traditional norms, several women from South Kashmir’s Shopian district have carved an independent identity for themselves.
Thinking beyond traditional roles, many women from this southern region have made a name in various agriculture activities be it cultivation of high-yield exotic vegetables, sheep rearing, dairy or fish farming.

However, for the past couple of years, Mushroom cultivation has been emerging as a new trend in the Shopian district, which is traditionally known for growing high-quality apples. Shaheena Akhter from Mashwara village of Shopian, a mother of three, started a mushroom cultivation unit in the upper story of her house in 2023.

“Initially, I was hesitant to venture into this new business activity, fearing it might turn unsuccessful,” Shaheena said, adding that she was encouraged by the scientists at KVK Shopian, which boosted her confidence to move ahead.

She was guided through all stages by the experts of the KVK Shopian and Agriculture Department. Eventually, she was successful in harnessing more than 200 kilograms of Mushrooms grown in 100 bags of compost.
“Since I have to take care of my daily chores, Mushroom cultivation suits my busy schedule,” she said, adding that with family support she tends the unit during her spare time.

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