Archive for June, 2012

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.

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