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Mushroom Grows Well In Nadi

The country’s first mushroom demonstration centre is thriving. The project is based at the Legalega Research Station in Nadi. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture with China’s
22 Dec 2014 11:45
Mushroom Grows  Well In Nadi

The country’s first mushroom demonstration centre is thriving.

The project is based at the Legalega Research Station in Nadi. It is an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture with China’s Juncao Technology. It started in 2011.

Team leader for the Juncao Mushroom Project, Professor Zhanxi Lin is impressed with the outcome achieved so far.

“We are cultivating more mushrooms now in different places which are suitable for the types of mushroom to yield more,” Mr Zhanxi said.

He researched the use of grass to replace wood for the cultivation of mushroom in 1983.

He said they had put in place strategies involving Juncao technology to boost production.

“The demand for mushroom in Fiji is huge. This is just the beginning and we are working closely with farmers on this very important project.” Mr Zhanxi said mushroom could grow on dried Juncao grass filled inside bio-degradable plastics.

“Previously we used to place wood- chips inside to grow mushrooms, but inorder to sustain the environment in cutting trees, we have implementing a new mechanism. Juncao grass has good yield which even can be used for grazing pastoral animals too.”

He said they had been supplying to hotels, restaurants and to some households.

Mushroom varieties grown at the centre include antlers (Ganoderma Lucidum), Pleurotus Eryngii Quel, and Auricularia.

 

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