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When food wastes are turned to be essential ingredients for Mushroom production

Food wastes can be re-used for preparation of mushrooms substrate; instead of being dumped or burned to cause pollutions and health hazards.

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This week I had the opportunity to pass through a platform known as and a blog named

And I read two articles titled “Roles played by mushrooms in Poverty, Malnutrition and Unemployment reduction” and other titled “Reducing Environmental Pollution by bioconversion of vast quantities of organic wastes into Mushrooms” through and respectively

Through these articles and the respective platform I found that there are series of training and workshop that are conducted in Tanzania concerning mushroom’s production as well as opening up the eyes of the trainee for the available market potential of the mushrooms in Tanzania that has been continued to be higher than the quantity supplied by growers.  

Moreover, the very interesting thing on their articles, is the raised knowledge on the bio-ability of the mushrooms to reduce environmental  pollution by undergoing bioconversion of organic wastes to be a mushrooms substrate and at the same time makes money in selling of those mushrooms.

This mushroom substrates can be prepared from any agricultural waste materials or  residues or by-products like cereals straw, corn cobs, cotton stalks, various grasses and reed stems, maize and sorghum Stover, vine pruning, sugarcane and tequila biogases, coconut and banana residues, corn husks, coffee pulp and coffee husk, cottonseed and sunflower seed hulls, peanut shells, rice husks, sunflower seed hulls, waste paper, wood sawdust and chips, are some examples of residues and by-products that can be recovered and upgraded to higher value and useful products by mushrooms through  bioconversion process.  Mushroom enzymes can break down these organic materials into simpler molecules, which the mushrooms then use for their growth and metabolism.

Moreover, this mushroom cultivation can be done on a part time basis and require little maintenance. Indirectly, mushroom cultivation also provides opportunities for improving the sustainability of small farming systems through the recycling of organic matter which can be used as a growing substrate, and then returned to the land as fertilizer or compost.

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A photo shows a small-scale farmer  at her mushroom growing tent after attending training programs on mushroom production with the use of Mushrooms substrates that has been prepared form various agricultural wastes and since then, has started a mushroom project at her farm and managed to increase her income.

What is a provocation or insight that might inspire others during this challenge? By passing through this article you will find out, how this three sisters found an opportunity in satisfying the growing demand for mushrooms in Zimbwabwe and built a thriving business that supplies fresh and dried mushrooms to supermarket chains, restaurants and hotels.

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I have been working with my sister to run our Day Care and Training center . Currently, I am working with the Ministry responsible for Science and Technology and Innovation.

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This is a fantastic case study. Thanks for sharing Marco Mihambo !

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Thanks a lot @Matt West for your observation

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