The Korle Klottey Municipal Assembly (KoKMA), Agriculture Department, has organized a day seminar for youth Mushroom Production and development as an alternative source of livelihood.
The mushroom farmer, Mr. Michael Boateng, C.E.O of Tribeth Farm Limited who was the Resource Person for the training, emphasized that the cultivation of mushrooms creates a yield that contributes a valuable nutrition to a balanced and healthy diet and can also serve as a job avenue for the youth. “Mushroom is one of the most profitable agri-businesses you can start in Ghana”, he added.
He mentioned that mushroom farming is not labour intensive, and it is less expensive since not much capital is needed to buy the spawn. This because most of the substances used for the substrate or compost are recycled by-products found in and around the house.
Mr. Boateng added that mushrooms are nutritious, and it is important to eat them because of the health benefits. “Mushrooms provide a lot of benefits such as nutrition, medicinal, environmental, and economical. Examples of the benefits are lipid lowering, immune booster, small land size, highly rich in calories, removal of serum cholesterol and low capital input”, he said.
During the training session, trainees were given practical skills on how mushroom is cultivated which included the preparation and bagging of the substrate, sterilization, incubation, cultivation and harvesting.
Madam Sylvia Edem Agyemang, Head of the Agric Department of the Assembly, thanked the resource person and encouraged the trainees especially the youth to venture into mushroom farming since it does not require much capital to start, and it is very profitable.