Sixteen commodity farmers, predominantly mushroom producers, participated in the Mushroom Training in December, enhancing their skills and knowledge in the production of the crop.
The training was funded under the EU, ACP and IFAD Programme for Farmers Organizations for Africa, Caribbean and the Pacific (FO4ACP), through the Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON), and facilitated by the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC).
FCLC CEO, Jiu Daunivalu, said that this was the first training conducted for mushroom producers since the Fiji Mushroom Farmers Association (FMFA) was formed in November 2019.
“There is a big market potential in Fiji for mushrooms and under FCLC, the women farmers in Naitasiri and Rewa are leading the way in mushroom farming,” Daunivalu said.
FMFA President, Susan Pocock, said the training was “an eye opener especially in the production of mushroom seeds. Currently, we are buying the seeds or substrates and planting them, but we took one step further through this training to learn how to create the substrates ourselves. In the long run, the skill will contribute to the sustainability of the business.”
The training was facilitated by agriculture consultant, Patrick Lawson, and assisted by Ms Pocock.