Guwahati: With the need to create awareness on the variety of fungi species across the Northeastern region, particularly among the rural habitats, Balipara Foundation has for the first time carried out a task to document the fungi of the region into an encyclopedia.
This was notified by Gautam Baruah, operation manager of Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark, during a media gathering of the seventh edition of Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics 2019 and told that the objective behind is to educate people about the edible, poisonous and non-poisonous mushroom of the region to the locals in order to control mushroom poisoning cases.
During the season, when mushrooms bloom wild many mistakes the toxic mushrooms for the edible ones especially among the rural population for their close resemblance.
Earlier in March, there was a case of mushroom death report in Sivasagar district of Assam where two people died and five taken ill. Similarly, there have been several such cases in states across the region.
The project, carried out by the foundation, will also involve domestication of some of the economically-viable species which has a huge market demand and encourage the local people to cultivate it and get the alternate source of livelihood.
“We are domestically cultivating around four species of mushroom which cost on an average of Rs 200 per kg. So we want to introduce as such varieties in the market which cost around Rs 20, 000 to 25,000 so that the farmers who cultivate them they get a revenue of Rs 6 lakh in 90 days, we have a model for that cultivation,” Baruah added.
The conference was a formal announcement for the seventh edition of Eastern Himalayan Naturenomics Forum 2019 which is scheduled to be held on November 5 and 6.
The forum will see around 60 eminent personalities from multi-disciplinary fields comprising of educators, social impact organizations, local communities, earth heroes, wilderness management experts, technologists, government , conservationists, grassroots leaders and key influencing people from from across 17 countries who will engage in the discourse on nature capital and its impact on universal basic asset.