I am Agun Moses Oluwadamilare, 23, Ondo state, southwest of Nigeria. I am a student of biochemistry in my final year in the Federal University of Technology, Akure.
Eddy Farm is a farm that is primarily aimed at producing edible oyster mushrooms.
I have always had a passion to venture into agriculture since I was a teen to improve the quality of living through food production.
The opportunity came to me to learn the technology to produce mushrooms during my internship last year at a research institute. Ever since I was independently able to apply my hand to it, where I produced about 10 kg of mushroom.
Mushroom involves the use of agro-waste such as wheat bran, saw dust, corn pomace as substrate for the growth of the macrofungi, the mushroom. On a small-scale, oyster mushroom farming does not require high capital to venture into.
Firstly, Nigeria has always had a challenge of recycling waste especially the agro-waste of which many a time these wastes are ended up being burnt.
Since this farming is highly based on the use of agro-waste, I see this venture as a means of effective waste management by which agro-waste can be recycled and converted into wealth.
Mushrooms have long been consumed from the wild in Nigeria and people can fall prey to poisonous ones. My venture in to this line of agricultural production will not only meet the demand of this need but will also provide food security and safety.
Benefit of this project
- This project will serve as a means of job creation as it is labour intensive either a simple or sophisticated line of production is used.
- It is a good source of income generation to traders in the market, suppliers of the raw materials, to the mushroom grower (like myself) and spawn grower.
- It is an effective means of waste management as the spent substrate can be recycle for the use as animal feed and as compost for soil fertility.
- Mushroom is a good source of nutrition as it contains vitamins, fibre, certain amino acids and it can serve as a good substitute for meat.
Since I acquired the skill, I have been able to put it up into practice. I did a subsistence scale production of about 10 kg where I was able to get recommendation from family and friends.
With the half plot of land presently at my disposal, it will be a good start up to construct the mushroom house and the purchase of the instruments and raw materials for growing the oyster mushrooms.
As a starter, the spores of the mushroom will be supplied from a trusted research institute where they have been known for quality spawn seed.
Budget for the USD 5,000
Erecting a building – USD 2,000
Materials – USD 800
Instruments – USD 500
Furniture – USD 1,200
Blogpost and picture submitted by Agun Moses Oluwadamilare (Nigeria): mosesag234[at]gmail.com
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