DIFFUN, Quirino, May 15 (PIA)-- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), in collaboration with the Quirino State University main campus, recently conducted Mushroom Production Training for the members of its assisted Agrarian Reform Beneficiary Organizations (ARBOs) to equip them of the latest production technology.
Frelita Bartolome, DAR information officer, said mushroom production using rice straw and banana leaves as substrate is seen to be a lucrative alternative enterprise for the farmers of Quirino being a palay and banana producing province.
“With a user- friendly technology, minimal production costs due to abundance of raw materials, minimal space and time requirement, and a ready market for its production, mushroom growing could be an alternative livelihood enterprise for the beneficiaries making use of their extra time before and after cropping season of palay and corn,” Bartolome explained.
The first batch was conducted at San Ramos, Nagtipunan, Quirino, last April 3, 2014, for the Quirino Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the members of the cooperative have already adopted mushroom growing in the community making use of banana leaves.
The members of the assisted Irrigators’ Associations of Cajel of Diffun, LAVIERMOS of Saguday, Villa Delsan and San Marcos of Cabarroguis, and the San Francisco of Aglipay were also trained on May 13, 2014, at Cajel IA Office, here.
During the trainings, Prof. Edwin Lasdacan of QSU demonstrated to the participants the proper way of planting spawn to rice straw beds for mushroom growing.
Bartolome said mushroom production with rice straw as medium has been replicated in the other palay producing municipalities of the province. (ALM/TCB/PIA 2-Quirino)