Mushroom farm boom

Resettled farmers here have ventured into oyster mushroom farming after attending training courses run by the Department of Agriculture Research Technical and Extension Services.

A mushroom training course at the Kunzwana Women’s Association.
A mushroom training course at the Kunzwana Women’s Association.

Farmers said they were failing to meet the overwhelming demand of the mushrooms.

“We are facing challenges in securing the mushroom seed. You cannot get the seed anywhere but Harare. Last time, I bought 40kg of the seed and harvested four bags of mushrooms which I sold to hotel and lodge operators in Bulawayo,” said George Gadzira, a resettled farmer.

Gadzira said he was planning to commercialise the project so that he could meet the increasing demand from vegetable shops in the city.

Another mushroom farmer, Jefter Moyo, called on the government to make seed available elsewhere in the country.

“A lot of farmers are interested in mushroom farming but their major handicap is seed shortage and lack of farming technology. Some of us are lucky because we have been trained in mushroom production,” he said.

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