Re: Elizabeth in Uganda wants to grow mushrooms
What is your full name? In the meanwhile, I have created a wiki page
We also have a page on mushrooms which includes an article written I
think by Samwel Kongere
which I include below.
We also have more links to stories about mushrooms at My Food Story:
Andrius Kulikauskas, Minciu Sodas, http://www.ms.lt, ms@...
Mushrooms were regard as wild crop in my community for a long a time,
but with the emergence of the Mushroom project in Uashin Gishu. My
people are becoming a ware to learn of Nutritional status of the
mushrooms and its commercial value, which could help in alleviating
starvation and poverty.
The Mushroom experience from a farmer group in Kenya near Eldoret has
really spearheaded the experience and belief before, Mushroom growers
association of Kenya in the vast Rift Valley province: indicate that
current Mushroom production in Kenya is estimated at 500 tones per
annum. They had that with a Mushroom per capita consumption of 1.54 Kgs
per adult equivalent, the potential demand would be 30, 800 tones annually.
Currently Mushrooms a premium price compared to beef. The existing
average price for Mushrooms 275 percent higher the present percent of
beef. If Mushrooms are made available and affordable like meat and
promotional back up done, then its per capita consumption can rise to at
least 10 percent of that of meat.
The consumption of Mushrooms is still low because many people in Kenya
do not know its importance. Including the community where I live. This
is manifested in the poor response from some quarters of the country,
where people do not value Mushrooms. The other determining factor for
poor consumption of Mushrooms is the price, which is still high for a
The association is working on modalities to reduce the production costs,
which will lead to lowering prices of the commodity and hence high
consumption. This, it is hoped will lead to a steady supply of the
produce and products in the local market.
Mushroom is a very potential crop, which can be grown by poor households
in a sustainable way to create a livelihood, improve nutrition and women
participation in Agriculture. As I am trying to explore this wonderful
crop after seeing, it sold in a super market; Mushroom is crucial
investment that can spur economic growth among the poor even with little
water. Our Island though surrounded by water, the catchments is poor due
to the drained galleys towards the lake. The low water demand for
mushrooms can be very helpful if its introduced here.
Mushroom crops bear a huge potential to attain commercialization through
increased production; lowering cost of production, mobilization and
capacity building for producer groups, market access and increased
consumption; raising consumer awareness by making the product available
through information gathering.
The overall impact of Mushroom commercialization ranges from income
generation for poor households, nutrition improvement and environmental
conservation. If technology is improved and information is near to the
farmers, therefore traditional beliefs will be something of the past and
more utilization can be done to commercialize more crops.
There were some types of mushrooms, which were regarded as good and
nutritious. A hotel vendor in Kisumu Town has started giving a special
dish only for mushrooms; he is getting customers due to unavailability
of traditional dishes. His price is comparatively high and the local
poor people cannot afford.
Tue, 18 Mar 2008 13:05:10 UTC Elizabeth wrote: I really need someone to
teach me how to grow mushrooms to enable me get some income to sustain
SashaMrkailo : Dear Elizabeth, you didn't wrote how can we contact you?
Do you have email address or cellphone? Are you subscribed to some of
our groups? Please write the answer here. i have a very limited
experience in growing mushrooms, but perhaps we can find more
informations, I had lots of informations on mushroom growing in some
Tue, 25 Mar 2008 20:55:15 UTC Elizabeth: Thank you SashaMrkailo. My
contact is cellphone is 0772413373. I am in Ugandan Mbale District,
Eastern Region.I have not yet subscribed to any group because I don't
know how to go about it.My email address is kyewae@.... Best
Thank you for writing to us at our wiki:
I have signed you up for Steve Bosserman's working group Social
Agriculture http://groups.yahoo.com/group/socialagriculture/ at our
Minciu Sodas laboratory http://www.ms.lt You might also be interested
in our working groups One Reaching Another
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/onereachinganother/ led by Fred Kayiwa in
Kampala, Uganda and Learning From Each Other
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/learningfromeachother/ led by Pamela
McLean in London who is keen to organize help to answer questions such
Does anybody know about growing mushrooms?
Thank you, Sasha, for replying to Elizabeth's post.
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