Mushroom project aims to help poor

2008-07-29 00:00

A joint poverty alleviation project between the KwaZulu-Natal provincial government and the Chinese province of Fuji aims to provide fresh mushrooms every week for rural people in KwaZulu-Natal.

One of the technicians, Mbongiseni Jele said the mushrooms can be harvested three to four times after being sown.

“You can cultivate the mushrooms once after four to five days for three months. It is easy to grow them; they can grow in any environment. In a space of about 10 metres square you can produce from 250 to 300 kilograms of mushrooms.”

The JUNCAO mushrooms provide high levels of nutrition.

Several satellite bases are expected to open in rural areas across the province and will help to alleviate poverty in these areas. A portion of 30% of production will be used for commercial sales to sustain the project while the rest of production in these sites will be supplied to surrounding communities for personal consumption.

The project has been beefed up with a total of R30 million rand for the current financial year.

Yesterday an entourage of government officials attended the sod turning ceremony of the project.

KZN Department of Agriculture and Environment Affairs MEC, Mtholephi Mthimkulu, Finance and Economic Development MEC, Zweli Mkhize, Department of Public Works MEC, Lydia Johnson and Transport, Safety and Community Liaison MEC Bheki Cele and Tourism and MEC Weziwe Thusi and Umgungundlovu District Mayor, Yusuf Bhamjee graced the function.

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