Tuesday, 27 December 2016
PENDANG: It is known for its protein and other nutrients but for a university graduate, the Volvariella mushroom is also a source of income.
Thanks to her strong determination to venture into the Volvariella mushroom farming project, Sarah Hussain, a media studies graduate from Universiti Malaya, can earn as much as RM4,500 a month.
Sarah, 32, from Kampung Bukit Murai in Mukim Padang Pusing here said she worked on the project on a partnership basis with her elder brother, Omar Hussain, 51, and cousin, Khairul Azmi Rejab, 26.
They have been toiling on a site of about 0.4ha, belonging to her family, since October and could collect 300kg to 400kg of the mushroom (one cycle of the crop) to earn between RM4,500 and RM5,000 each month.
Through guidance and assistance from the district Agricultural Department following a course on mushroom cultivation here, she used oil palm fruit bunches as the medium for cultivation.
The Volvariella mushroom, locally known as cendawan jerami, was introduced to rubber smallholders as an alternative crop to supplement their income.
Omar said the demand for the Volvariella mushroom, especially from the local community and restaurant operators, was most encouraging.
This mushroom is highly nutritious and can be served as a dish besides being used as a beauty product.
Source by: Internet