TO EQUIP mushroom growers with technology-based knowledge and skills from production to processing fresh mushrooms, a two day seminar and training on mushroom production and processing was held at the Cordillera Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CIARC) recently.
A total of 66 students, businessmen, professionals, farmers and local mushroom growers from Abra, Mt. Province, Benguet, Baguio and some 3 from Nueva Vizcaya, Tarlac and Caloocan City participated in the said activity.
During the series of lectures, some business and marketing inputs were shared by the representatives from DTI which guided the participants on the business aspects of their livelihood activities.
Mushroom Project Focal Persons Wilfredo Tabugader and Evangeline Balderama shared the overview of the project and some important tips in establishing a mushroom shelter, the materials needed and the possible sources.
CIARC research assistants Felimer Felix and Marie Claire Cablas lectured and demonstrated the production of oyster and shiitake mushrooms using fruiting bags and logs.
To complement the sharing of knowledge on mushroom production, mushroom processing was also demonstrated by Nestor Humiwat who gave a brief lecture on the food processing principles and the importance of food safety in food handling.
“The significance of the activity is to provide knowledge to a sustainable source of nutritious food for the family and a possible source of income with abundant production,” he said. Simple and easy mushroom-based products were demonstrated like mushroom pickles with highland veggies, mushroom tempura and mushroom lumpia with toge.
The CBMP has been swiftly gaining support among many individuals and groups in the region. Moreover, the project has been taking stride in many places in the Cordillera, most especially in Benguet.
With the countless effort of all the people involved in the promotion and development of the project, this will potentially contribute in uplifting the lives of the farmers. (PR)
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on May 20, 2017.
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