Local #mushroom entrepreneur, Vinit Lal and his wife Chaya started off their commercial mushroom venture under the name Bula Mushroom located at Navula road in Saru, Lautoka.
“Bula Mushroom is an initiative of my wife and myself and it all started back in 2015 when we participated in a mushroom training organized by the Ministry of Agriculture at the Legalega Research Station in Nadi and conducted by #JUNCAO Research Institute from China.”
In 2017, the couple were selected for JUNCAO seminar held in China to learn the production and process of mushroom and on the use of the Juncao grass used as substrate for mushroom production.
“Upon our return, we sought assistance from Ministry of Agriculture to expand our farm which we started from home in Tacirua into a commercial mushroom farm in Lautoka. With the donation of a container, we converted the container into a freezer to maintain consistent humidity and temperature.
The company plans to replicate the model in Suva and in the North. Demand has been high for the Asian mushroom varieties such as oyster and Vinit plans to further his venture with innovative technology.
With a local partner, Vinit is currently selling the mushrooms locally with delivery to Nadi and Lautoka and plans to connect with local supermarkets.
Investment Fiji Regional Development Lautoka team with Investment and Trade team in Suva made a site visit to Vinit’s Lautoka farm for market facilitation and business development initiatives.
The introduction of cultivated mushrooms in the Fijian diet started in 2014 when Chinese company Juncao Mushroom Technology invested $14 million for the cultivation of edible Asian mushrooms in Fiji.