How A Retired Teacher Now Becomes a Highly Successful Mushroom Farmer


Mrs Mojirade Oluwadiya, a retired teacher is a successful mushroom farmer. But she didn’t start  as a mushroom farmer. She was a poultry farmer.

After returning from Australia with her husband, she decided she was not going to teach again. She started growing mushroom as a hobby. Along  the line,  she  decided it would  be  worth the while  if she  visited   the United States and Israel to  study  how profitable mushroom  farming could be.

To her surprise,   she  found  out  that  mushroom farming is  being done  technologically. Farmers  planted  mushroom  under  air-conditioned  environment. The infrastructure was there. The demand was  high. The mushrooms have an excellent shelf life and   required a month or more under refrigeration in paper bags, or cartons.

While  it  was profitable  to  do  it  that  way using  expensive  technology, she  knew instantly that Nigerians would not be able to afford it. Her search shifted to a third world country where the business can be done cheaply with affordable technologies.

Fortunately, she  was told  mushroom was a big  business  in Thailand, so she went  on  a fact finding  mission.

There, she discovered that it was a simple business for small entrepreneurs to go into.

The cultivation model was simple and easy for small scale entrepreneurs. She also found out that with N10,000,  one  could  start the business.

It was an approach many Nigerians could adopt and afford. There she found people growing   mushroom using recycled materials and agric wastes. Satisfied with her discovery, she returned home and started using the Thai method, using agricultural waste and environmentally friendly recycled plastic bags for containers.

Mrs Oluwadiya  learnt how  to    produce  mushroom  using drums, sprayer, tarpaulin, polythene sheets, polybags, and polypropylene bags, among  others. The results have been outstanding.

Since then, she has been making huge profit by selling the products to leading supermarkets.  She has since become the proud owner of a big mushroom farm with eight workers.

She is involved in the mushroom-cultivation business all year round and from the income, she is doing a lot of things. She is also starting other small businesses. She has motivated other farmers to start growing mushrooms.

Her message is that between 10,000 to N50, 000 is required for aspiring investors  to  start  the business. Then it  takes   five weeks to harvest  and that the  farmer begins  to  make money.

For her, Nigeria  is  a  good  place  for  mushroom  business  as  the  climate is perfect for its cultivation and it  can be grown all year round, creating employment, healthly livinig and wealth for the farmers.

The challenge however is that  while it is   doing well in many parts of country, people are shying   away from the crop because they lack the materials and information they need.

Therefore, she is ready  to offer Nigerians the best income-producing opportunity possible.

To her advantage, she  has  equipment  to  teach  people.

She has  been  able  to  acquire  the major  infrastructure, build  a lab and other  equipment that one  needs  to produce spores, inoculations and everything to do with mushroom production.

Apart from this, she has   developed an integrated agricultural business with edible mushroom cultivation, deep processing, sale, demonstration and training.

She sees  the  market expanding as  companies  can  use the mushrooms to make beverages, soya and powder. She  points to the value addition of diversifying by marketing mushrooms dried or pickled or as part of a food menu, especially for oyster mushrooms.

For her, investors don’t   have to worry about the market for their produce, they just concentrate on production. There are distributors, who buy their mushrooms as wholesale and retail to individual consumers. For small scale farmers, she said the daily production from a 4×4 metre mushroom room can provide daily income for the five weeks  of its harvesting span.

The secret to a better market for mushrooms lies in quality. The trick is in the product quality


6 thoughts on “How A Retired Teacher Now Becomes a Highly Successful Mushroom Farmer

  1. Samaila Mohammed October 19, 2015 / 8:30 am

    I would like to receive training on mushroom growing and spawn production.
    Can you let me know how long it will take and how much it will take.
    I live near Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria
    Thank you


    • Charles Geofrey October 20, 2015 / 7:20 am

      Hello Samaila, i am very happy to hear from you. The full training will take you 60 days intensively for N40,000.
      If are ready, we can start immediately. What do you think?


      • AUSTIN OKAFOR October 22, 2015 / 5:14 pm

        what is the mode of payment can one pay 3 times pls


      • Charles Geofrey October 27, 2015 / 4:07 am

        Hello Austin, You are blessed and lifted in Jesus name. Thank you for your interest.
        Mode of payment is by bank deposit
        Payment terms = 70% first installment, 30% (3rd week).
        Thank you.


  2. mcnuel October 26, 2015 / 3:07 pm

    Please i am intrested in learning the science and art of mushroom planting. i am still an undergraduate of cropsci&horti in the university. Given the nature of this job would it give me flexible time for my studies. if yes how can i contact you and how much is required for the training (i am also based in south east nig) hoping for your earnest reply.


    • Charles Geofrey October 27, 2015 / 3:57 am

      My dear mcnuel, Thank you very much for your interest for mushroom farming.
      Giving the nature of this job, yes it would give you flexible time for your studies when you
      set it up. Mushroom cultivation takes about six to seven weeks from composting to harvesting.
      However, we offer comprehensive five weeks training course in our farm here in Portharcourt for 45k.
      Here we teach you everything from spawn making, substrate treatment and application to cropping,
      harvesting and processing for the market.
      You can schedule this training during your holidays/semester break.
      Make your decision and call/sms me here 0 8 0 3 9 2 7 4 1 7 5. Email-

      Kindly treat as imperative.

      Thank you,


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