#TECHNOTIPS: Mushrooms
by Yovina-Claire Pauig - Tuesday, 12 March 2019, 09:56 AM
TECHNOTIP: MushroomsLooking for a different venture or an alternate source of income? We've got you covered with oyster mushroom production!

Oyster mushroom (Pleurotus ostreatus) can be produced easily right in your home. It can be done organically and is income-generating as well. Some farmers even say that 500 bags of mushroom can generate income worth more than a hectare of rice field.

In making the grain spawn, sorghum or any cereal seeds can be used. Wash the grains thoroughly and boil for 20-25 minutes. Transfer the boiled grains in round bottles and have them sterilized.

For the substrates, combine rice bran sugar or molasses, lime, and sawdust. Use polypropylene plastic bags, which will serve as fruiting bags, to contain the substrates and pasteurize them in a drum or a pasteurizer for six to eight hours.

Inoculate each fruiting bag with the grain spawn in a clean and aseptic place. Keep the spawned bags in a dry and ventilated room for at least 30-45 days. Once transferred to the mushroom house, maintain the room at a temperature of 28°C.

The first oyster mushrooms can be harvested seven to 10 days after the bag is cut. After the mushrooms are harvested, stop spraying water for several days. When the button mushrooms begin to re-appear, begin to spray the water again.

(by: Jayvee Masilang, ATI-ISD)
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