Bafut Council Empowers Farmers on Mushroom Cultivation

Participatants trained on the cultivation and preservation of mushroom

Close to 30 farmers in Bafut sub division have rounded off a two day workshop on mushroom cultivation, organised by the Bafut council in collaboration with community education and Action Centre Bafut. 

Cross section of participants 

The May 26 and 27, 2021 event was chaired by the First Deputy Mayor, Mrs. Miriam Njibamum Lum Epouse Chesi  who said the cultivation of mushroom does not entail a lot of start-up capital but is a very lucrative business. With this, the council thought it necessary to empower these farmers who from the training will start making much money.

 “It is a type of farming that you can do it anywhere even around your compound and you make a lot out of it. From their participation for the past two days, I will tell you without mincing words that the council’s decision to organize this training was very timely and fruitful. They are ready to carry on with the cultivation of Mushroom in Bafut; they are ready to implement the knowledge acquired, their rate of anxiousness is so high and I am so happy for the turnout." the first Deputy Mayor remarked. 

First Deputy Mayor of Bafut

According to Mrs. Tamfu Beatrice Bih, she had the notion that mushroom could not be cultivated like maize and yams but after the workshop, she will be able to transform her community by training women in other meeting groups on how to cultivate mushroom for family consumption and for business motives.

“With this training I have come to understand that there are many ways to cultivate mushroom with common tools like sow dust and rice peeling . It will help me and my family because it will act as an income generating activity. When I return home I will train my meeting members so that it can also be beneficial to them as well."

Cultivation method

With this the council hopes umemployment will drastically drop in the municipality of Bafut. Co-organised with the Community Education and Action Center (CEAC) Bafut, it's Director, Mrs. Wankwi Caroline said it’s just the beginning of collaboration with the council in this aspect of farming because of the vital role mushroom plays in the human body.

“Mushroom provides important nutrients such as potassium, niacin, Vitamin D, Proteins and fiber and as well they heal the human body from diseases. We have notice that Chinese people consumed a lot of mushroom at the old age and it keeps them moving so we want to implement the culture of mushroom cultivation in Bafut”she said. A lot is therefore expected from the farmers in the months ahead.

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