August 28, 2016

New method of commercial paddy straw mushroom cultivation implemented

Paddy straw mushrooms cultivated in plastic bags.
Paddy straw mushrooms cultivated in plastic bags.

Indoor cultivation of paddy straw mushrooms are being made on a commercial scale with the use of stackable plastic bags and baskets, officials said.
Paddy straw mushrooms have been cultivated in Amarapura Township since 1993. A new technique using organic fertilizer such as cow dung, hyacinth and cardboard are used in cultivation instead of a straw substrate.
Over 10 visses of paddy straw mushrooms are yielded per room. A viss of paddy-straw mushrooms is worth between Ks2,500 to Ks4,000.
Because paddy straw mushrooms are cultivated indoors, they can be grown in all types of weather, officials said. In indoor cultivation, about 96 baskets of paddy-straw mushrooms can be accommodated in a room by stacking the baskets vertically. The cultivation of the paddy straw mushrooms allows the growers to make profit within days. The paddy straw mushrooms are harvested after 10 or 11 days of cultivation. The paddy-straw mushrooms have to be plucked before they blossom. Paddy-straw mushroom (Volvariella volvacea) is a species of edible mushroom cultivated throughout Asia and used extensively in Asian cuisine. —Teintaman


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