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Promote the production and export of mushrooms in the Mekong Delta
Saturday, November 9, 2019

On 5-7 days, in Long Xuyen City, the National Agricultural Extension Center in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development of An Giang province organized the Forum "Developing edible mushroom production in the direction of high technology".

According to the National Agricultural Extension Center, in the Mekong Delta region and the southeastern provinces, there is a great potential for the production of edible mushrooms and medicinal mushrooms, due to the rich source of agricultural by-products for mushroom cultivation, plus favorable weather conditions for growing mushrooms and can grow mushrooms year-round.

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In addition, Vietnam has basically mastered the technology of propagation and production of mushrooms, for major mushrooms such as wood ear mushroom, straw mushroom, fat mushroom, abalone mushroom, and lingzhi mushrooms ... The market for mushroom consumption is also increasing. In order to grow mushrooms sustainably, the Mekong Delta provinces have exchanged new techniques and technologies on mushroom production without the need for pasteurization of the medium, methods of handling agricultural byproducts such as straw, mites, sugarcane, cotton ... as a medium for growing mushrooms. In particular, the issues of concern are innovating mushroom cultivation technology, bringing mechanization and automation into mushroom production, aiming to grow clean mushrooms, meeting domestic demand and export ...

Mr. Tran Van Khoi, Acting Director of the National Agricultural Extension Center, said that mushrooms are a valuable food item; In fact, mushroom cultivation has developed widely in the southern provinces and brought high economic efficiency. Currently, the country produces about 16 types of mushrooms; Particularly, the southern provinces mainly cultivate straw mushrooms and wood ear mushrooms; Northern provinces grow shiitakes, oysters and lingzhi ... with an annual mushroom yield of about 250,000 tons and an export turnover of US $ 25-30 million (excluding small-sized exports). The good news is that the price of fresh abalone mushrooms exported is 2,600 USD / ton, quite high compared to some other agricultural products. Not to mention mushroom cultivation also solves environmental problems caused by large quantities of agricultural waste and residues; at the same time solve jobs, increase income for people. In coming time, localities need to apply high technology to boost quality mushroom production ...

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