Mushroom growing project
Mushroom growing project is another initiative of COCAEU aimed to create income generation for women. Mushroom are a palatable food accepted by people as daily diet and alternative to meat & fish. Also it is a vegetarian diet but gives nutrition of non-veg such as some essential vitamins and minerals. There is no constraint to get seeds, as so many are obtainable from the markets at affordable prices. These days people are fond of consuming mushroom in different ways like curry, snacks, soup, salad, mixed with rice, & pickle etc. Technology is simple with low cost & easily available to maintain. In addition, it is a quick returning crop with 50 to 100% profit which makes it a resourceful income to rely on for financial support. Therefore in the bid of empowering disadvantaged women (COCAWEU) initiated mushroom cultivation as another source for employment to women so that they can be able to provide a better life to their children and meet their basic needs as well as giving them a foundation to entrepreneurship and financial independence.
Advantages of the Mushroom growing project
- Favourable Uganda climate and weather
- No need of cultivation land, Can cultivate inside homes and can cultivate in rack.
- Grows fast in a short period (7-10 days) invest money can be returned back fast.
The mushroom growing project currently has 10 active female members whom COCAWEU is supporting to start small units. The women need assistance with both communal and individual farm set-up, as well as training associated with identifying and understanding value chain.
These 10 women of the have decided to grow mushrooms as an income generating project. They have started small, however are looking to expand to make this a truly viable business opportunity. To do so, they will not only need land, but training on how to scale up their mushroom farms both individually and communally. Value chain training will also be needed to see where mushrooms fit into the local market.