This week I had the opportunity to pass through a platform known as http://agriprofocus.com and a blog named http://mamalandmushroomproject.blogspot.com
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 http://agriprofocus.com/post/575eb5a8a93f25776306f8f8 and http://agriprofocus.com/post/5767bc4da93f2534b106f8f9 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.
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.