Mushrooms from Ghana
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CTA. 1992. Mushrooms from Ghana. Spore 42. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Mushrooms are widely known for their nutritional value. They contain between 21 and 40% protein which compares favourably with soybeans and peas with a dry protein level of about 42%. The average annual yield of an acre of mushrooms in dry protein...
Mushrooms are widely known for their nutritional value. They contain between 21 and 40% protein which compares favourably with soybeans and peas with a dry protein level of about 42%. The average annual yield of an acre of mushrooms in dry protein weight is estimated at 60,000 to 70,`000 lb. This compares with an average of 6,000 lb dry protein for fish farming. Mushrooms are low in sugar and fat but high in mineral salts and richer in vitamins B1, B2, B12 and C than most cereals and vegetables. Growing mushrooms makes better use of land than vegetable or legume cultivation. A cropping house of mushrooms on a 5 x 5 metre site gives a daily return of between 5 and 10 kg, compared with a yield of 1.2 - 2.5t/ha of soybeans. Attractive statistics like these have promoted the Ghana Export Promotion Council, in collaboration with the Food Research Institute, to initiate efforts to establish Ghana as a major exporter of mushrooms. The two agencies set-up the Natural Mushroom Development Project (NMDP) which established a pure culture bank where local and foreign species of mushrooms are cultured and studied. NMDP is also involved in the production of pure spawn for mushroom growers and runs three-week training courses for commercial growers. Ghana Export Promotion Council PO Box M146 Accra GHANA