The Iloilo City government may consider adopting the farming technology available in Hainan, China following a two-week intensive training on agribusiness as part of China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Ritchel Gavan, one of the two delegates sent by the city upon the invitation of the Hainan Foreign Affairs of China, called the mushroom industry ‘one of the best farming technologies that can be replicated’. Gavan is the Head of the Local Economic Investment and Promotion Office (LEPIO). She was joined by City Agriculturist Romulo Pangantihon during the duration of the Tropical Agriculture Advanced Study and Research Program. They joined other delegates in touring among others the 20-square meter facility that produces tons of mushrooms every six hours.
Pangantihon said that “it’s the most practical technology that can be adopted.” He added that an area was converted from being a rubber tree plantation into a sort of greenhouse to mushroom culture. Saw dusts were mixed with organic component and spawn of mushrooms. “The area of about 3×20 meters produces 15 kilos of mushrooms every six hours,” he said.
Pangantihon stated he would be coordinating with the mushroom production specialist of the Department of Agriculture (DA) here to acquire the technology. “There is a ready market. Chinese restaurants [in Iloilo] want fresh mushrooms from here. What they are using right now are canned mushrooms. This is a good opportunity for us,” Gavan said.
According to ptvnews.ph, the intensive training was attended by 20 delegates from Indonesia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Fiji, Laos, Myanmar, Malaysia, Micronesia, Sri Lanka and Thailand.