Mushroom training expected to reduce mushroom imports

Team leader for JUNCAO Technology Lin Zhansen addresses participants during the two day training in Legalega. Picture: SUPPLIED

THE training of local farmers in the planting and harvesting of mushrooms is expected to reduce mushroom imports by 2020, says the Agriculture Ministry.

In a press statement released this morning, Legalega Research Station senior research officer Dr Tekini Nakidakida detailed the phases being implemented by the Ministry to reduce imports.

“According to a survey we conducted last year in the Western Division, majority of the hotels buy their mushrooms from overseas,” he said.

“After engaging with them during the survey, they have shown an interest to buy local mushrooms and help in the reduction of mushroom imports.

“The onus is on local mushroom producers to be able to meet the demands of the market.”

He made the comments while speaking at the 24th JUNCAO Technology Training Course for farmers, stakeholders and staff held at the China-Fiji JUNCAO Technology Demonstration Centre, Legalega, Nadi.

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