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5 Individuals Who Switched Careers to Farming & Earn Lakhs Rising Mushrooms


In Indian agriculture trade, mushroom farming has emerged as a profitable enterprise. Listed here are tales of 5 agriprenuers who stop their standard jobs to develop mushrooms.

Within the ever-evolving panorama of Indian agriculture, mushrooms have emerged as an sudden hero. The Higher India has curated an inspiring record of people who dared to dream otherwise, stop their standard jobs, and embraced mushroom farming. Now, these people are incomes lakhs of rupees every year.

1. Hiresha Verma

In 2013, moved by the Kedarnath flash floods, Hiresha Verma stop her IT job in Delhi to assist the ladies affected in Uttarakhand. She selected mushroom farming as a result of area’s beneficial climate and invested Rs 2,000 to begin experimenting at residence.

After coaching and establishing Hanzen Worldwide, she invested Rs 80 lakh for superior setups. Now, her farm produces 1,000 kg of mushrooms each day and makes Rs 1.5 crore yearly. Her initiative has empowered over 2,000 ladies, rising their incomes by 30% and bettering their social standing. She additionally based Han Agrocare to retail their produce throughout India.

Techie turned mushroom farmer Hiresha Verma.
Techie turned mushroom farmer Hiresha Verma.

2. Shanker Meena

Shanker Meena was born right into a farming household in Rajasthan and needed to pursue the occupation himself. Nevertheless, his father needed him to do a company job with an assured steady revenue. Whereas he determined to pursue an MBA as per his household’s needs, his coronary heart was all the time set on farming. 

In 2012, he left his MBA halfway and returned residence. Moved by the hardships his father confronted, he based ‘Jeevan Mushroom’ in 2017. Shanker targeted on mushroom spawns, investing Rs 9 lakh from a MUDRA mortgage, and took his household’s assist to arrange a lab.


His firm now produces 80 tonnes of spawns month-to-month, producing Rs 13 lakh in income, and exports to Bhutan, Nepal, and the UAE. Regardless of challenges like a Rs 27-lakh loss as a consequence of contamination, Shanker’s dedication to high quality and innovation has earned him a number of awards and saved his enterprise thriving.

3. Nidhi Katare

In 2016, Professor Nidhi Katare’s world was turned the other way up when the school she taught at was shut down. Devastated, as an alternative of accepting affords from different schools, she determined to strive one thing new. 

She pursued her ardour for farming and began a mushroom farming enterprise. Along with her MSc in microbiology and educating expertise, Nidhi ventured into entrepreneurship, establishing ‘Pure Bio Impression and Analysis Pvt Ltd’ in 2017.

Regardless of preliminary challenges, together with poor-quality spawns, she persevered, establishing a lab in her ancestral home. At this time, she produces 1,000 kg of spawns month-to-month, promoting to 150 farmers throughout totally different states. Nidhi’s revolutionary method earns her Rs 1.5 lakh month-to-month.

Mushroom grown at Nidhi's farm.
Mushrooms grown at Nidhi’s farm.

4. Rohhaan Gawde

“Solely the generally accessible button selection is standard amongst prospects available in the market. However there are such a lot of kinds of mushrooms that we will devour,” says Rohhaan. So when he tried to introduce oyster mushrooms to folks again in 2014, they questioned in the event that they have been even mushrooms. 

Working in the identical trade, Rohhaan was pressured to stop his job. He determined to begin his personal enterprise, The Mushroom Firm, and develop mushrooms organically. Initially, he grew oyster mushrooms in Lonavala, about 150 km from Mumbai. 

At this time, he operates three amenities in Pune, Nagpur, and Lonavala, cultivating a wide range of mushrooms together with the Shiitake, Gray, Pink and Blue Oyster, King Oyster, Ganoderma, Milky Mushrooms, Lion’s Mane, and Reishi.

Wild Oyster Mushroom.
Wild Oyster Mushroom.

On common, The Mushroom Firm sells about 70 kg of mushrooms each day. The corporate earns a revenue of Rs 1.5-2 lakh monthly, with month-to-month revenues reaching as much as Rs 4 lakh.

5. Adam Shamsudeen and Raeesa Manaal 

After working for a number of years as software program engineers, Adam and Raeesa needed to strive one thing totally different. The couple shared a love for sustainable residing which led them to develop mushrooms. 

As per an Open Digest article, their startup, ‘GrowtheFunguy’, is a “one-stop vacation spot to assist folks develop mushrooms and make a residing from it”. Presently, they’ve collaborated with over 300 farmers who develop totally different kinds of mushrooms and provide them.

“Their revolutionary method has enabled them to supply companies that embrace develop kits of several types of mushrooms, dietary supplements, and vitamins to extend their yield. Additionally they present an AI-driven chatbot, FungAI, to reply all queries associated to mushroom farming,” the article says.

(Edited by Padmashree Pande)



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