MFVP to provide mushroom cultivation techniques in Twantay, Kawhmu

Myanmar Fruit, Flower and Vegetable Producer and Exporter Association (MFVP) will provide mushroom cultivation techniques in Twantay and Kawhmu townships in the post-pandemic period.
MFVP will lead the training in cooperation with other related departments.
“Kawhmu grows the mushroom in the straw season annually. They are sending around 3,000-4,000 visses of mushroom daily to Yangon market. The State Counsellor is interested in mushroom production and has urged the farmers to grow the mushroom. Then, we have found some information from the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Department of Agriculture. Now, we will take mushroom species from Thailand. Some are planting the mushroom with the use of the wrong technique. We have already submitted a proposal to the Ministry of Commerce to provide the proper cultivation techniques. Our association will set up the demonstration farms. We will grow both straw mushroom and oyster mushroom. We will also use them as fertilizer and animal feeds. There is an executive member of our association in Kawhmu,” said U Tin Aung, the central executive of MFVP.
“Yesterday, we heard that authorities would lend K4 million per person with 0.8 interest to grow the mushroom in Twantay Wa village in Kawhmu. Currently, they will lend loans to 50 people. They also said that they would find the mushroom market. The people from Twantay Wa village are growing the mushroom on a commercial scale. They produce around 200 or 300 plants of mushrooms per person. The cultivation costs a farmer K18,000, said Daw Toe Toe Lwin, a manageable scale grower from Mulaman village, Twantay.
There is no market to sell mushroom and dried mushroom because the restaurants and the hotels have halted their businesses in the pandemic period. So, the local people are holding nearly seven tonnes of mushroom. That is the reason why MFVP has reported to the Myanmar Rice Federation and Yangon Region Department in Agriculture.
There is no mushroom market because of COVID-19. Now, the price of cloud ear fungus is ranging between K7,000, 8,000 or 12,000 per viss while the cost of oyster mushroom is K2,000 or 3,000 per viss. — Thant Zin Win(Translated by Hay Mar)

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