ISLAMABAD: Now almost an annual event, a Mushroom Hunting Tour was organized by Agri Tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan, here on Sunday. The event was called memorable by the participants to recapitulate the images of last year tour. Mushroom Hunting tour was arranged for one day to hunt wild mushroom in the hilly areas of Ghora Gali, Murree. The tour was a very informative for mushroom lovers to get trained, how to hunt and how to identify Edible and Non-Edible Mushroom. It was a milestone towards spreading awareness about the benefits of Mushroom. Yet Government is not sponsoring any kind of mushroom tour. The event was very important to promote export mushroom and earn foreign exchange.
Mr. Akhlaq Khan Kakar is a Mushroom Specialist and working on mushroom for 25 years. He was leading the Tour team. Participants had arrived from in from all over the country, especially a group of students from Agri University of Faisalabad. After Mushroom Hunting all participants went to Pail, a beautiful place near Ghora Gali. The day was full of adventure and everyone enjoyed it enormously and all participants were served with lunch.
Truffle Mushroom is one of the most expensive mushrooms of the world and Pakistan has this treasure in abundance. It is quite harder to find Truffle Mushroom because it grows underground. Trained dogs are used to find the truffle mushroom but in Pakistan this kind of mushroom are found easily because when it’s raining, truffle comes out. The participants found good quantity of truffle mushroom in the hilly areas of Ghora Gali.
Agri Tourism Development Corporation of Pakistan is established by Mr. Tariq Tanveer, it is a Non-profit organization, and they are working very hard for the awareness of the benefits of mushroom. He has arranged National Mushroom Festival in Lahore, Karachi, Faisalabad and Islamabad. He is also guiding people, how to grow mushroom in home and how it prevents from different type of diseases. He is also providing help to students by inviting them to his farms for research.
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