Bula Mushroom, Fiji’s new commercial mushroom farm, has harvested its first yield this week. Their crop will be bringing in a monthly revenue of around $1170. Their mushrooms are harvested every three weeks, and sell at $15 to $25 a kilogram.
The farm is owned by Vinit Lal, his wife Chaya and their business partner Tomasi Dakuibari. Its Tacirua extension in Suva, is owned by Mr Lal and his wife Chaya Kumar. Their substrates, from which the oyster mushrooms grow, are stored in a temperature-controlled cooler container.
Co-director Vinit Lal: “Given the right temperature, humidity and lighting conditions, one can expect around one kilogramme to two kilogrammes of harvest from each substrate, which can be harvested approximately two to three times, in four to six weeks, with mushroom price at around $25 a kilogram. However, commitment, dedication and patience are needed in cultivating mushrooms.”
Offering courses on mushroom farming
Bula Mushroom also offers training courses on how to farm mushrooms. FFijisun.com.fj quoted Mr Lal as saying: “Those who are interested can follow our Facebook Page – Bula Mushroom for training updates. Mushroom cultivation requires a lot of effort. Farmers who are producing from substrates should not distort the market by charging lower prices.”