Mushroom Cultivation

 Written by: Awesta Fazli

Mushrooms are grown naturally but in recent years, some peasants cultivate them in Afghanistan. Some of these peasants could not get a good result from their efforts.

AEPO’s writer/producer has talked to some peasants and an agricultural expert about this issue.

Hadia, a resident of Dashte-Barchi, district five of Kabul city says, “I heard from the media about mushroom cultivation at home. I bought mushroom seeds at a very high price but got no result and faced a big loss.”

Allauddin Rahmi, a resident of Qarabagh district, Kabul province says, “Once I bought mushroom seeds from Tajikistan and I cultivated them here in Afghanistan but got no yield.”

What do some people think about the causes of this issue?

Wazhma, a resident of Kabul city says, “I cultivated mushroom seeds on my home yard but had no yield because I did not care of them and I was watering them more than need and in the result, all the plants spoiled.”

A woman, a resident of Kabul city says, “I cultivated mushrooms and kept them in a moisturized room but I had used ground straws instead of chopped straws, and all the mushrooms spoiled before yield.”

How do some people find a solution to this issue?

 A woman says, I bought wheat natural straws and boiled them for an hour and then I mixed mushroom seeds in them and put them in sacks and I got a convenient result.”

Helai, a resident of district five of Kabul city says, “I prepared paper and plastic and paper packing boxes and then I put paper boxes inside the plastic ones and spread mushroom seeds inside the boxes and I got a good result.”