Cultivation of mushroom workshop

Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa (fourth from left) with other participants during their visit at Legalega research station after the opening of Capacity Building Workshop on Juncao Technology and its Support to Achieve Sustainable Agriculture and the SDGs for Pacific Small Island Developing States in Nadi yesterday. Picture: SUPPLIED

A TWO-DAY capacity building workshop on Juncao Technology and its support to achieve sustainable agriculture for Pacific Small Island Developing States is currently underway in Nadi.

According to a Department of Information press statement, agriculture stakeholders from around the region are attending the workshop to explore and implement Juncao technology in their respective countries.

Opening the workshop today, Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation and Acting Minister for Agriculture Mereseini Vuniwaqa said  Juncao technology not only promotes the cultivation of mushrooms but also the growing of Juncao grass as a suitable supplement for livestock feed.

“Mushroom cultivation is a new concept in our region and many of our people do not know how to use them,” she said.

“However, cultures around the world have eaten or used mushrooms medicinally for centuries, and the Juncao grass on the other hand is not only used as the substrate for growing mushrooms but can be successfully used as livestock feed and to prevent soil erosions from river banks and slopes.”