Kibaale Women Optimistic About Mushroom Growing

By Alex Tumu

Women in Kibaale District under their Umbrella – Bugangaizi west Constituency Mushroom growing Association have been equipped with a range of practical skills and knowledge on modern and commercial mushroom growing.

Under the sponsorship of Hon Dr Kasirivu Atwooki the area member of parliament who initiated the Mushroom  growing project in an effort to cramp down poverty, ailment a team of women from the constituency underwent a three-days training at Uganda’s Mushroom Training and resource center in Kabale district.

During the training which ended on Wednesday, the mushroom growing experts passed the team of women through theory and practical activities of growing mushrooms, mushroom field development, harvesting, processing and marketing.

Adrian Twesigomwe a mushroom model farmer in Kabale district said that mushroom growing does not need large land space for production adding that it can quickly alleviate poverty.

He tipped the team on the number of materials used in growing mushrooms like dried grass, millet and beans’ husks, water, maize husks, lime amongst others which can be sourced locally.

James Akanyijuka the center Manager for Uganda Mushroom Training and Resource center assured women that if managed properly, mushrooms have a high demand on the market.  He revealed that a kilogram of fresh mushrooms costs between 7000 and 8000 shillings on local market.

After the training, the women are now optimistic that they will use the acquired skills and knowledge to start mushroom production in their respective areas. They lauded Dr Kasirivu Atwooki for supporting them in this struggle to modernize agriculture.


Andrew Byamugisha a commissioner from the Agriculture Ministry credited Dr Kasirivu Atwooki who championed the initiative of commercial mushroom growing in Uganda. He said the government will support the project in Kibaale district and urged men to support their wives.

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