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Web Exclusive | April 2013

TN's power crisis pushes mushroom growers to hills

In Tamil Nadu, due to power crisis mushroom growers are now looking to the hills to cultivate the crop rather than on plains. Saptarishi Agro Industries Director Arvind Kalra said that his firm, which has been one of the biggest mushroom growers in Tamil Nadu, had decided to move to the Hills of Nilgiris rather than continue waiting for the power situation to improve.

Due to shortage of electricity, it had become unviable to grow button mushrooms in the plains of Tamil Nadu. The management identified power unavailability as a major threat to its production activities and hence it was unable to take production from the existing facilities. The situation for a plentiful availability of electricity in the State was likely to take considerable time.

Saptarishi is having its production facility near Chennai in Kancheepuram district and has been supplying button mushrooms all over Tamil Nadu, parts of Karnataka, Orissa, and to some extent in Mumbai and Kolkata. The company can produce mushrooms if it had growing facilities at an altitude of 4,000 feet where room temperature of 16 to 18 degree Celsius can be maintained without much difficulty for up to 10 months in a year.

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