The Philippines:  Growing mushrooms to combat rural poverty | mushroom cultivation |

The country’s economy may have grown beyond the expectations of experts and analysts but ordinary housewives in rural Misamis Oriental and Butuan said they have yet to feel its impact. But, they do not want to just depend on government dole-outs to improve their lot.


Lita Abrio, Tata Macarayo, Maricar Payla, Florisa Abejuela and Grace Macaraya said that they “have not felt the economic growth” the government is claiming. These mothers said they are still waiting for the benefits of a higher gross domestic product to trickle down to them.


“But if we just wait and do nothing, our own economic status will not improve,” Abrio told the BusinessMirror.


This prompted the five mothers to join the Korean International Cooperation Agency (Koica)-funded “Microbial/Organic Fertilizer and Mushroom Cultivation in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.” The project is being implemented by the Center for Overseas in Agriculture and International Development in partnership with the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology and the Department of Agriculture Region Field Unit 10.


“Mushroom growing requires little space and time and we can make use of the rice straws farmers leave behind to rot after harvesting rice. Also, mushrooms can be grown the whole year round,” said Payla.


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