Rhema trains 15 lead farmers on mushroom production in Traditional authority Mkukula
By our Reporter
Rhema Institute for Development has trained 15 lead farmers on mushroom production in Traditional authority Mkukula in the area of Group Village Headman Chikhadwe.
One of the lead farmers Geoffrey Banda had started harvesting the mushrooms and is able to sell his mushrooms at Mk2500 to Mk4500per kg.
He is able to send his children to secondary school.
In an interview, Banda said commended Rhema for the technical and financial support which has read to such achievement.
“Let me comment Rhema for all the necessary support rendered to us, I know this project will alot in changing our lives and as am speaping now am doing well already.” Said Banda.
Rhema Executive Director Innocent Semu said his organization will continue implementing these safty net programs.
He said Rhema is aware how poverty is gripping Malawians.
“The problem is that Government cannot do everything in helping its citizens this is where as NGOs we come in to bridge the gap.” He said.
Studies show that the health benefits of mushrooms are many.
Nutritional benefits are that all types of edible mushrooms contain varying degrees of protein and fibre.
They also contain B vitamins as well as a powerful antioxidant called selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues.
In particular, white button mushrooms are one of the few non-animal sources of vitamin D. When they are grown, whether indoor or outdoor, they are exposed to UV light which increases their concentration of vitamin D.
Mushrooms are being increasingly researched and used for their important health benefits with different varieties having different medicinal properties.
In particular, certain varieties of mushrooms have been shown to have potential in protecting against cancer by protecting our cells against DNA damage but also inhibiting tumour formation. There is also some evidence that they may be beneficial in the treatment and management of neurodegenerative disease such as Alzheimer’s.
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All mushrooms are fungi and they produce spores, similar to pollen or seeds, which allows them to spread or travel by the wind. The rest of the mushroom then matures, typically living in soil or wood.