Project Information

PI nameProf. Wagara Isabel
Project titleOutdoor Organic cultivation of Kenyan Indigenous Mushrooms for Improved Food Security
PartnersMushroom Initiative Limited, Hong Kong
Collaborators
  • Prof Samuel T. Kariuki
Grant amountKsh 8,357,774
Project StatusOngoing
Project LocationEgerton University, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Embu, Kirinyaga, Kakamega and Eldoret
Project description This project aimed to improve mushroom production through development of simple, low input technologies of spawn production and organic outdoor mushroom cultivation for the resource poor, small-holder farmers, using locally available substrates at the farm level. Indigenous Knowledge Survey was conducted in Nakuru, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Embu, Kirinyaga, Kakamega and Eldoret to collect edible and medicinal indigenous mushrooms. Spawn of indigenous mushrooms C2, C13, C8 and KAK9 was successfully prepared and tested for fruit body production on various substrates indoors and outdoors in simple shade structures constructed using locally available materials including mud, maize stovers, banana leaves, grass and old sisal bags. Fruit bodies of C2 and C13 were successfully cultivated indoors and outdoors at Egerton and farmers sites in Njokerio, Njoro Njirani, Mau Narok, Piave and Elburgon. Various agricultural wastes and failed crops were tested as suitable substrates for spawn production and indigenous mushroom cultivation where bean, barley and wheat straw performed better. Pasteurization was the most effective method of controlling contamination as compared to solarization and partial composting. Selected small scale farmers in Njoro, Mau-Narok, Ngata and Elburgon divisions were trained on-farm on outdoor organic mushroom production, utilization, preservation, marketing and the benefits of mushroom consumption.
Project Start19/10/2009
Project End30/03/2018
Expected outputsi.Two indigenous edible oyster mushrooms domesticated. ii. Simple technologies for spawn production and outdoor organic cultivation of two indigenous edible mushrooms developed. iii.Best substrate for spawn production and cultivation of the two indigenous mushrooms determined. iv. High quality spawn of two indigenous edible oyster mushrooms produced. v.Small holder farmers in Njokerio, Njoro Njirani, Mau Narok, Piave and Elburgon trained on outdoor organic cultivation of indigenous mushrooms. vi.Draft oyster mushroom production manual developed.