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The Success Story of the Gaya Sfurti Cluster

The Mushroom and Baby Corn Processing Cluster in Bihar is a success story of agricultural innovation, combining tradition and technology. Supported by Microx Foundation and Tekari Agro Producer Company, the cluster has transformed indigenous crops into a sustainable venture, contributing to local community development. The cluster showcases the economic significance and cultural richness of Gaya and how local farmers take pride in growing baby corn and mushrooms. The cluster is a reminder of how agricultural innovation can create positive change while preserving local traditions and practices.

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November 24, 2023

Harvesting Success: Nisarg Agripreneurship Foundation’s Mushroom and Baby Corn Processing Cluster

“This success story resonates as a melody of transformation, turning challenges into opportunities and redefining the landscape of agripreneurship.”

Gaya’s role as an economic powerhouse in Bihar adds another layer to this success story. The district’s reliance on agriculture sets the stage for the Mushroom and Baby Corn Processing Cluster to flourish. Beyond economic gains, this initiative becomes a catalyst for sustainable growth and community empowerment.

Before the intervention of the Scheme of Funds for Regeneration of Traditional Industries (SFURTI), challenges loomed over the mushroom and baby corn industries. Limited awareness, an inefficient value chain, post-harvest losses, and restricted market opportunities hindered growth. However, the cluster, driven by innovation, rose above these challenges.

The introduction of the Common Facility Center (CFC) and decentralised aggregation centers marked a turning point. These facilities became hubs for aggregation, value addition, food processing, and post-harvest loss management. SFURTI transformed challenges into opportunities, enhancing artisan productivity, quality, and earnings.

The cluster has brought together 799 artisans, providing employment opportunities and nutritional enhancements for their families. The program’s impact extends beyond economic benefits, offering a healthier and more affordable alternative to nutrition-rich foods.

The success of the cluster finds its roots in the adoption of advanced technologies, skill development, and the creation of value-added products. Sorting, grading, dehydration, and canning units not only reduced post-harvest losses but also created new avenues for employment. This success story is not confined to Gaya; it is a model ready for replication, aiming to uplift marginalised communities and attract the younger generation to the food processing sector.

The exploration of new markets, the establishment of market intelligence, and improved socio-economic conditions for industry workers further fortified its success.

Guided by Nisarg Foundation’s Technical expertise, supported by PPDC Agra as the Nodal Agency, and brought to life by the Microx Foundation as the Implementing Agency, this cluster stands as a testament to innovation and community empowerment.

Gurmann Kaur Sawhney​