Fiji Crop & Livestock Council (FCLC) recently conducted a Mushroom Production workshop in Nadi, to help improve income, food and nutrition and livelihoods of farmers, both new and established, and including youths and women.
The workshop was organised by FCLC, in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture, and was supported by the European Union (EU) and International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), under the Farmers Organisation for African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (FO4ACP) through the Pacific Islands Farmers Organisation (PIFON).
FCLC CEO, Mrs Jiu Daunivalu said the workshop was an introduction to mushroom farming for most of those who attended, to understand the basics of cultivating mushrooms.
“More than 50 farmers attended the workshop, and included men and women previously employed in the hospitality, tourism and airline sectors.
“The workshop provided them with the right knowledge and skills in the Oyster mushroom cultivation practice, understanding other varieties and medicinal and nutritional value, cooking practice, and Giant JUNCAO Grass planting and sterilization.
“It enables the 50 new mushroom farmers to access information and technical advisory support services from the MOA & China JUNCAO Demonstration Centre, at Legalega Nadi. This assists them with production sustainability, quality consistency to the satisfaction of customers, and improvement in food nutrition and livelihoods,” said Mrs Daunivalu.
Mrs Daunivalu said that follow-up visits to mushroom growers showed that the farmers were putting their new knowledge into practice. Due to high demand for Mushroom Training, FCLC will organize similar trainings in the four divisions, in coordination with the MOA & China JUNCAO Technology Demonstration Centre at Legalega.