Written by the Web Team
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.