Mushroom farming: Turning waste to wealth


Mushroom farming: Turning waste to wealth.

Top 8 Reasons Your Mushrooms Are Not Growing And How To Remedy Them



How To Grow Edible Mushrooms And Grow Rich

Learning how to grow mushrooms is like any skill. Sometimes you succeed. Sometimes you fail. The important thing is to keep trying and learn from your mistakes.

Yet it can be really frustrating to start out with what you believe is a successful mushroom project, only to have it produce nothing. Trust me, I know. It’s happened to me many times!

Although many factors may influence your success, there are some common mistakes that can be easily avoided. I’ve listed eight big ones below, along with practical solutions.

If you’re just learning to grow mushrooms, review this list to save yourself both time and heartache. Even if you’re a veteran, it never hurts to come back to the basics.

  1. Not Enough Moisture

Mycelium, the underground vegetative growth of a fungus, needs a moist environment to thrive and produce mushrooms. Mushrooms themselves are mainly water, so if you let the mycelium dry…

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Mushroom farming: Turning waste to wealth


How To Grow Edible Mushrooms And Grow Rich

My personal experience as an agric entrepreneur has proved that farming mushroom, antelope, quail, rabbit, grass cutter, snail, laboratory rat and guinea pig is second nature.

 In the case of mushroom cultivation, its production gives small farmers a big chance to increase their income, improve their health and offers an alternative means of livelihood to urban and rural farmers. The process of growing mushroom is one of the easiest ways to earn a living and not much physical strength is required in its production.

 The potential in mushroom farming makes it an investor’s delight as a viable money making option. Investment in mushroom production will, in the long run, contribute to food security, wealth, health and employment creation.

 Getting started

Starting a mushroom farm is a potentially lucrative way of getting into the farming business.  Its cultivation is also regarded as one of the most science-based branches of agriculture…

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Mushroom Growing in Zimbabwe


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How To Grow Edible Mushrooms And Grow Rich

Zimbabwe is a beautiful sub-tropical country located in southern Africa, surrounded by South Africa to the South, Zambia to the north, Mozambique to the East, and Botswana to the West. Its geographic co-ordinates are 20° 00’S and 30° 00’E.

In the past seven years intereImagest in mushrooms greatly increased in Zimbabwe. This is mainly due to the current shortage of mushrooms on the local market, which has caused prices to escalate. Mushroom cultivation has subsequently become a highly profitable activity.

The use of mushrooms as food crosses all cultural boundaries. Mushroom consumption in Africa and especially in Zimbabwe, has deep traditional roots. Mushrooms have been gathered since time immemorial in Zimbabwe and are featured in many local dishes, medicines, and appear in culture and folklore. Many Zimbabwean traditions regard mushrooms as gifts presented to the people by their ancestral spirits in the forests. For this reason the sale of…

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First mushroom course of 2015 (oyster mushroom)


The first training will be held 7-8 January, this is exclusively for oyster mushrooms, invest $95 dollars and attend this extensive course included in the package is 10kgs spawn free (will be given on your first order of spawn), maunual, lunch and snacks will be provided.

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Mushtella shines in Harare



You can not miss our mark at most leading supermarkets. This photo was taken at Spar-julius nyerere.

Its not the packaging alone, but our mushrooms are of the highest quality in Zimbabwe and has a unique taste.

We also deliver direct to consumers, deliveries are done monday-saturday.

We believe in quality and we define quality in the mushroom industry. We now have a new policy in direct sales. All mushrooms are harvested and sold within seven hours so that you get them fresh. Hapana mushroom yanezuro (no mushrooms from yesterday)

Mushtella improves spawn quality for all types of mushroom


We continue to research and develop on our spawn so as to continuosly improve quality and meet high demand from our clients.

In pursuit of that dream mushtella is making a few adjustments to how we work with out our clients. The following adjustments are with immediate effect.

Clients are now required to inform us of their orders 30days in advance, 15 days before the collection date a deposit if 30% will be due and the balance will be paid on collection.

We have now reverted to hulls spawn due to a number of considerations. We will no longer sell grain spawn. The price of spawn is now $3.50 per kilogram. We will no longer sell quantities less than 50kilogram per each order.

Any inconvinience caused is sincerely regreted, the adjustments are meant to improve spawn quality and efficiency on our side.

New types (shiitake, auricularia judae,ganoderma lucidum,hericium erinaceus and paddy straw as well as new pleurotus strains) are now ready for sale.

Chido Govera receives the Yo Dona Award for her humantarian work.


This is not a motivational blog but today I will write a motivational story about Chido Govera who has defied all odds to succeed in life.  She receives the Yo Dona award for her humantarian work accross the the world. The ceremony is on tonight in Madrid, Spain.

She has become a brand, not only in mushrooms but her involvement with communities and in particular helping young children who face the same predicament she faced years ago.

Not only has she trained but knowing her personally I have come to know she has helped with personal finances to support children in Zimbabwe and across the world, she has also offered her services to others for free.

How many people facing difficulties will one day remember to help others in solving life’s challenges? What inspires me even more is that she does all these things quietly although she has received wide coverage from all over the world.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Every Zimbabwean has to be proud of her and not only that but to know that as Zimbabweans we can overcome all challenges and be great individuals and country. She also challenges our herd mentality that “if everyone else is in the same situation then we are all in it and there is nothing I can do”. Most Zimbabweans would give an excuse for not doing well in life on the political and economic challenges, she has proved one can still do well in Zimbabwe and beyond.

Kate Winslet (The Titanic actress) was also given the award at the Yo Dona Awards in Madrid, on June 21, 2011 while Dr. Vandana Shiva also received the award in the


Chido was opharned at an early age before venturing into mushroom growing since then she has never looked back, she has trained children and all in mushroom production all over the world. She has passion for children and ophans in particular helping them grow mushrooms and help alleviate hunger, poverty and malnutrition.

I have been talking to mushroom growers this week and they are all excited. Shine Chido shine, you have made us proud and the whole nation.

Mushtella takes this chance to congratuate Chido for raising the mushroom and Zimbabwean flags high.

Mushroom growing in Zimbabwe: which type to grow?


Which type of mushroom should I grow? This is a question many people ask themselves before they venture into mushroom growing in Zimbabwe. It was a choice between button and oyster, but that’s a thing of the past starting from now going into the future as Mushtella is out to revolutionise the mushroom industry in many ways.

One of the ways is the introduction of new types of mushrooms and also increase variety within one type of mushroom. As an example:shiitake- there are a number of strains available throughout the world which have different shades and growing parameters and many other factors. Mushtella’s first step is to bring in new types and then others factors later. Mushtella is also looking at partnering with mushroom farms to increase these types. There are costs involved in importing and then doing further research and development, Mushtella seeks technical and financial partners to achieve this.

We have introduced the following types and strains:

Shiitake (Lentinula edodes)
Hericiu erinaceus
Volvariela volvacea
King oyster
Golden oyster

We will introduce the following before the end of the year:

Ganoderma lucidum
Agaricus birtoquis (warm weather button)
And many others

We are introducing mainly types we had like to grow, however we will import other types as per growers request bearing in mind the afore mentoned partnerships.

In an effort to revolutionise the industry we are giving free spawn to all existing growers for them to try out. Yes you heard me right we are giving out free spawn. May growers note that such spawn will be given when we have excess capacity and prior notice has to be given, also note that Mushtella reserves the right to refuse to give such spawn and we will stop the offer at any time without notice.

Here is a chance for you to start growing other types.

Mushtella is also giving consultancy in the production of these mushrooms. If you are new in the industry do your research before choosing which type to grow, those already in the industry know the market better.

Mushtella also sells kits, currently we sell kits for the following:

Oyster (pleurotus ostreatus)
King oyster (pleurotus eryingii)
Golden oyster (pleurotus citrinopleatus)

Happy mushroom growing zimbabweans.

Mushroom growers handbook 1 -preface


I have started doing a review of the Mushroom growers handbook with particular focus of helping people in Zimbabwe to start mushroom growing businesses, enhance current growersand also to help the whole populace to have knowledge of mushrooms. This handbook is a must have for all growers,and all thinking of growing mushrooms. The book is not so scientific its written in a way that everyone can understand.

i will upload all chapters together with a review, this will take time but it is my hope that it will benefit you in your endevours to grow mushrooms.

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Mushroom growers handbook-oystermushroom cultivation -Preface

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