Health Desk: Dec 20, 2017--- A physically challenged man of Borokhari village in Magura Sadar upazila has become a successful entrepreneur through cultivating mushroom.
Babul Akhter born into a poor family, lost his left leg at the age of five to an unidentified disease.
He, however, started getting an enormous inner strength as was growing up braving various challenges. This childhood vigor guided Babul to be a self-made man instead of depending on others.
At the age of 28, he has not only become a successful entrepreneur, but has also turned himself a mentor to many.
Babul started mushroom cultivation in 2007 at his house and gradually expanded its cultivation after obtaining training from different institutions, including National Mushroom Development Centre.
He has established a mushroom cultivation network in the area with 50 disadvantaged women. Babul has also established a mushroom production centre at his house where about 60 people are working.
He also provides training and other necessary supports to his workers so they can cultivate mushroom at their own initiative and became self reliant.
"Mushroom farming is a profitable business because its production cost is low while yield and price are higher than other vegetable we grow at our villages," the happy farmer said.
He said many people are here becoming self-reliant by cultivating the crop commercially around their homesteads. Mushroom powder and dry mushroom produced at his "Dream Mushroom Centre" are being distributed to different places of the country.
Besides, several pharmaceutical companies collect mushroom from his centre, giving him some extra profit. Babul sells per kg raw mushroom at Taka 150-200, dry mushroom at Taka 1,500 and mushroom powder at Taka 2000.
Besides, he sells a special type of brown mushroom to the pharmaceutical companies at Taka 5,000-10,000 per kg.