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Fiji: Mushrooms very much in demand

The Fijian Government plans to further develop the mushroom industry in the country through its mushroom Research and Development Program, in joint collaboration with the Chinese Government.

According to Senior research officer Dr Tekini Nakidakida, mushrooms are a good income generator for farmers, as there is a high demand for this product in Fiji. "Mushroom is a short-term crop which is usually high in demand in the country and if grown well, it can generate good revenue for farmers. Currently, about $2 million worth of processed mushrooms is imported into the country every year to meet the local demand. This shows that the market is readily available for mushrooms in the country and local growers can easily supply into these markets." reported on about 40 farmers from the Western Division recently undergoing training at the Legalega Research Station where they learnt the JUNCAO technology and mushroom production. Dr Nakidakida said a similar training would be held in the Central and Northern divisions where interested farmers would be trained on the cultivation practices of mushroom in Fiji.

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