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Mushroom in demand

Solomone Rabulu
Friday, March 02, 2018

The Fijian Government plans to develop the mushroom industry in the country through its mushroom research and development program joint collaboration with the Chinese Government.

Senior research officer Dr Tekini Nakidakida said mushroom was a good income generator for farmers considering the high demand for it in Fiji.

"Mushroom is a short-term crop which is usually high in demand in the country and if grown well, it can generate good revenue for farmers," Dr Nakidakida said.

"Currently, about $2 million worth of processed mushroom is imported into the country every year to meet the local demand.

"This shows that the market is readily available for mushrooms in the country and local growers can easily supply into these markets."

About 40 farmers from the Western Division recently underwent training at the Legalega Research Station where they learnt the JUNCAO technology and mushroom production.

Dr Nakidakida said similar training would be held in the Central and Northern divisions where interested farmers would be trained on the cultivation practices of mushroom in Fiji.

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