An horticulturist and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Crop and Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt, Mrs Olutayo Modupeola Adedokun, has revealed the multi-million dollar benefits of mushroom.
Mrs Adedokun, who has won awards on account of her efforts in the study and production of mushrooms, said Nigeria could actually make billions in foreign earnings as well as arrested the national food lag by effectively encouraging the production of mushrooms.
Addressing an audience made up of students and other guests, Adedokun, said she got to know about mushroom cultivation during her Master’s Degree at University of Ibadan, when she was asked to pick mushroom as a case research study. She also did her research in applied mycology- mushroom science technology, cultivation and medicinal mushrooms. She further noted that everything looked really strange and difficult initially, but with the encouragement of her husband, she was able to take on the research with ease.
She said at the end of the research she realised that it would have been a great mistake if she had refused to accept to research on mushroom. “Today I have a very big farm on mushroom, I supply to some of the hotels in Port Harcourt and outside the state. With the role I played in Agriculture I have been recognized beyond African continent. I was honoured by African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD). But when I started mushroom cultivation I converted two rooms from our three bedrooms flat.”
Mrs. Adedokun said mushrooms are macro fungi with characteristics fruiting bodies, which can be picked by hands “Indigenous mushrooms are diverse and found mostly growing on dead woods. They are nutritious, having protein which contains all the essential amino acids. They contain essential vitamins and minerals. They are low in calories, low in sugar, and low in cholesterol and contain good dietary fibers. They are suitable for individuals with disease conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity etc.”