I am Serem Sila, 28 years old, from Kenya. I am sustainable agriculturalist, and permaculture designer by profession and also agriprepreneur.
My project is about growing mushrooms. Mushroom farming is so fascinating by the fact that it has high nutritional value, can be farmed out of waste that means cheap to produce and surprisingly fetch high price in market.
The value of producing one kilogram here in Kenya is $1.25 and that kilogram sells at least $6 that makes it the highest gross-margine agricultural enterprise.
I will grow mushrooms in bagass maize cobs, animal manure which are readily available locally. Kenya produces 500 tonnes of mushrooms annually and her demand is 1200 tonnes want to reduce this gap .
Mushrooms grows from variety of substrate which are locally available, requires small space, it doesn’t require use of chemicals making it eco-friendly. All this facts makes it affordable to all social classes that really what motivates me.
I will achieve all this by setting up a commercial model farm where we pay attention to every details in providing right humidity, temperature and high standard hygiene. I will dedicate maximum time it deserve and observe self discipline. I will do extensive market research to get right market.
I have already identified the mushroom type to grow. I have already carried out trials to identify its challenges. Now I know every detail of its challenges ranging from diseases to pest I also know the facts of its success. I got traditional structure and land to build on. Muliro university mushroom center help me in research and trials.
The measure of success will be measured on how the project is making the difference in the community i.e. providing employment, offering a worth it alternative protein and mostly important how many kilograms are we making it available to uncertified growing Kenyan market.
I have divided funds in to three phases in accordance to implementation of the project
Time frame: 4 months, Amount $2500
Activity: Improve structure; install water system, installing steaming drums and building shelves
Time frame: 2 months, Amount $1500
Activity: collection of substrate material, seeds and planting.
Time frame: 4 months, Amount $1000
Activity: routine management, harvesting packaging and marketing.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Serem Sila (Kenya) – sseremsilasila(at)gmail.com
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