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800 Medicinal Fungus Harvested

The country’s first Mushroom Demonstration Centre at Legalega in Nadi harvested 800 medicinal mushroom tubers on New Year’s day. Its scientific name is antlers Ganoderma Lucidum is regarded as an
03 Jan 2015 10:39
800 Medicinal Fungus Harvested
Mushroom Demonstration Center staff Monita Devi with the medicinal mushroom tubers at Legalega in Nadi. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The country’s first Mushroom Demonstration Centre at Legalega in Nadi harvested 800 medicinal mushroom tubers on New Year’s day.

Its scientific name is antlers Ganoderma Lucidum is regarded as an oriental medicine.

Centre manager Lin Zhansen said the project is an initiative of the Ministry of Agriculture with China’s Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (Junacao Technology Research Institute).

He said the centre is impressed with the production of the plants since it is observed under the mango trees which provide cool environment for the growth.

“We have been planting these tubers in October and it is ready for harvest,” said Lin.

He said the tubers take about 2-3 months for the mushroom to be ready for harvest.

“This particular mushroom is good for medicine back at home. You can boil it and drink just like tea.

According to TomVolkFungi.net the plant is important as a medicine in the Far East, including China, Japan and Korea.

The Mushroom grows on tubers filled with substrates that include dried Juncao grass and mixed with a composition to ensure maximum yield.

“There is no problem in the substrate since it is environment friendly rather than cutting trees.”

“We have the growth and now we are looking at the alternative market to sell but this is just the beginning.

Mr Lin has been involved in these similar projects since 1986 including Agriculture related sectors in Rwanda where he stayed for eight years.

He said the importance at the centre is not only on mushroom production but to promote the Juncao grass which has very high yields and great feeds for pastoral animal and farms.

There are only four types of mushroom include some types that are grown at the centre including, Pleurotus Ostreatus, Pleurotus Cornucopiae, and Auricularia Polytricha.

Meanwhile, ministry officials and farmers around the country have been engaged in two workshops held this year at the centre.

“There is a need for more training to educate the local on mushroom and its benefits in the economy.”

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