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Naitasiri Women Empowered Through Mushrooms

This was possible through a recent training conducted by the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) and supported by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture.
12 Feb 2020 14:18
Naitasiri Women Empowered Through Mushrooms
Fiji Crop and Livestock C ouncil chief executive officer, Jiu Daunivalu.

Inspired by the communal vision for economic empowerment, 64 women from the villages of Naivucini, Saumakia, and Drauleba in Naitasiri have taken to learning the science of growing mushrooms.

This was possible through a recent training conducted by the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) and supported by the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs and Ministry of Agriculture.

“The mushroom training was specifically for the women and we needed an interim crop with a quick turnover to fill the gap in the period that our yaqona crops are maturing,” said Ledua Vereti, the advisor to the village community council of Naivucini.

The training was facilitated by the president of the Fiji Mushroom Farmers Association, Susan Pocock.

The Association is one of 15 commodity members of the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council.
Harvesting

A combination of classroom and fieldwork saw the women learning the basics of planting oyster mushroom substrates, preparation for pre-harvest and post-harvest marketing, and growing the Juncao grass which is a source of nutrition for mushrooms.

Mr Vereti said that the farming of oyster mushrooms, which will solely be an activity for the women, and the planting of yaqona by the men, are in line with the Naivucini community’s short, mid and long term plans to improve their living conditions, invest in the stock market, and real estate.

FCLC chief executive officer, Jiu Daunivalu, said she was pleased to see the interest emanating from rural communities for mushroom production.

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