Mushroom production is one of the most profitable business opportunities which most Kenyans have not embraced. People who have ventured in mushroom farming will tell you that it doesn’t require much capital yet it promises higher returns. We are therefore giving you reasons why small scale farmers in Kenya should consider mushroom production.
Mushroom consumption is not very popular in the country unless it happens to appear in a menu maybe during a celebration. This is one of the reasons why many farmers have not taken mushroom production into consideration.
Many Kenyan farmers have not just realized its benefits because they are not that much exposed. This is why there is need to expose farmers to more profitable opportunities like mushroom farming. It is actually a good opportunity even for many jobless Kenyan youths because its methods for production are simple.
The benefits of mushroom production
1. Higher investment returns
Investing in mushroom farming promises you higher investment returns.
Under favorable conditions, with Ksh. 1000 You can make Ksh. 16000. This is more than 10 times the capital you used to venture into the business. What more could offer you much higher returns than mushroom production?
2. Provide a lot of nutrients
Most cultivated mushrooms are rich in minerals that are low or absent in other vegetables. Some are rich in vitamin C and others vitamin B. Besides, all mushrooms contain ergosterol (vitamin D precursor) In their cell walls. When placed in direct sunlight, ergosterol naturally converts to vitamin D within just a few hours.
Mushrooms are also rich in macronutrients such as calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium. The minerals found in mushrooms are usually in ironic form. This enables the body to easily assimilate the minerals.
3. Mushrooms are good at providing quality animal feed
Mushrooms naturally grow protein and vitamin rich agricultural waste. Once harvested, the wastes can be used to feed ruminants as well as farm animals like chicken and cattle.
When animals are fed mushroom, they show improvement in general health, as well as disease resistance.
4. Mushroom compost can be used to improve soil fertility
Improvement of soil fertility is another use of cultivation leftovers from mushroom farming. The compost manure has benefits such as nutrients availability and high water holding capacity.
Nutritional quality found in mushrooms can significantly improve the overall health of crops as well.
You will agree with me that there are more benefits of growing mushroom than just being edible. Mushroom farming is a young sector which can grow if Kenyan farmers take this matter seriously. The above points will give you reasons why small scale farmers in Kenya should consider mushroom production.
There is need to empower Kenyans especially the jobless youths out there who are wondering where they can actually fit and thrive. Mushroom production is the ideal secret of being a millionaire within the shortest period.
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