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Milky money. Farmers can  gain additional profit by growing Calocybe indica or milky mushroom in their own backyard. Jay-ar B. Tapec of PhilRice Isabela said that a  kilo of rice hull and rice straw substrate can produce an average of 1 to 1.8 kilo of fresh Milky Mushroom.

Aside from 100-180% biological efficiency, milky mushroom have long shelf life lasting for seven days at room temperature. Studies show that milky mushroom is a rich source of protein, fiber, and vitamins.  It is also low in fat, cholesterol, and carbohydrates content. They  can grow in temperature range of 23-35OC or  in lowland areas such as in Isabela.

Farmers in Midsayap also expressed their interest on mushroom production in a recent Farmer`s Field Day and Forum held in North Cotabato. With a theme, Wais na magsasaka, hitik ang kita, the activity was participated by about 600 farmers who were shown, among other technologies, vermicomposting and mushroom production.

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Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is a government corporate entity attached to the Department of Agriculture created through Executive Order 1061 on 5 November 1985 (as amended) to help develop high-yielding and cost-reducing technologies so farmers can produce enough rice for all Filipinos.

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