MUSHROOMERS AGRITECH LIMITED* is a Scalable Branded Mushroom Spawning, New Mushroom Culture & Mushroom Based New Food Product Research & Development Lab, Mushroom Farming, Mushroom Processing & Marketing Enterprise co-founded and managed by Blind & Disabled Youth with 10 replicable Residential Production Campuses, each having 40 Mushroom Farming Units, a high-tech Mushroom Spawn Production & Culture Lab, Mushroom Based New Food Product and Mushroom Processing Unit producing fresh mushroom, dried mushroom, vinaigrated & bottled mushroom, mushroom crispies, jerkies, mushroom protein bar and a Mushroom Training Centre for local marginal farmers. MISSION: Create gainful dignified engagement for blind and disabled youth, along with support for marginal farmers, catering to a market both urban and rural with a superfood high in protein and nutritious ingredients
(* Note: Limited company getting formed with authorized capital of Rs 20,00,000 (Rs 20 Lakhs) with maximum 2% holding of all minor share holders, first promoters, co-founders, the 10 Industrial Cooperative Societies formed by blind and disabled and the 10 Farmer Producers Organization formed by marginal farmers connected to 10 campuses across 10 states in India )
This story started with Seven Blind Youth getting trained at Blind Boy's Academy, Ramkrishna Mission Ashrama, Narendrapur, West Bengal, India, brought under the umbrella of TotalStart's Blind Youth Entrepreneurship Development Initiative to create the Agribusiness Startup MUSHROOMERS, cultivation, processing and selling Mushroom and it's by products. Production site - Chhoto Shalbari River Island, Sitalkuchi, Coochbehar, West Bengal. Ideation and Ground preparation site, BBA RKM, Narendrapur, West Bengal. Office Site – 1B Mangroves II, Schrachi Greenwood Sonata Complex, Newtown, Kolkata 700157
The Initiative II is working with Blind Boy’s Academy, Ramkrishna Mission Vidyalaya, Narendrapur’s 2 batches of students of the agriculture and animal husbandry training department to develop and nurture them as sustainable entrepreneurs.
The first batch of 7 blind entrepreneurs are already up and running their startup focusing on cultivating and processing mushroom in a scalable form in a river island in Coochbehar, North Bengal.
Goal for Mushroomers - A Blind Youth Enterprise : Create a Food Processing Unit focussing on Mushroom and related agro products backward integrated with Mushroom and related agri-farming inputs and outputs with Blind Youth as a main workforce, shareholders and cofounders, with extension of the model in several states, for engaging many more blind and disabled youth to help them live a very dignified life.
Goal Details: To create a very scalable enterprise with replicable Production Centers which will have
Mushroom Farming Units
A Mushroom Spawn Production lab
A Midsize Mushroom Based Food Processing Unit producing dried mushroom, mushroom vinaigrated and bottled, mushroom crispies, jerkies and bar
A Mushroom Training Center for farmers for the region who will supply additional raw mushroom for the processing unit as the demand cannot be fulfilled by the internal farm units.
All this will be run by blind and disabled youth with some management supervision in a Residential Production and Farming Campus environment. Part ownership of the mushroom farming units will always stay with the blind and disabled entrepreneurs as ESOPs or Co-Founders stakeholding for long-term motivation. These centers will take an approximate investment of 2 crores each and the plan is to create 10 such centers across the country partly through equity investment, partly through bank loans and some grants. The pilot project for one center is already activated as a farming unit and the second phase is being initiated with the food processing unit, all in a river island in Coochbehar District in West Bengal, near Sitalkuchi, Mathabhanga.
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