24 October 2017, Thimphu: The Japanese expert, Dr. Watanabe, and the Australian Volunteer/Plant Pathologist, Dr. Naomi Diplock attached with the National Mushroom Centre (NMC) conducted a three-day training program on mushroom spawn production techniques for private individuals and staff from ARDC from 17 to 19 April 2017 in collaboration with the NMC.
At the moment mushroom spawn is being produced and distributed by NMC and the other mushroom units under ARDC. However these centres are not able to meet the growing demand from the mushroom growers due to high demand and dwindling budget. Moreover the growers are located in different parts of the country and their remoteness makes delivery of mushroom spawn difficult. Mushroom spawn also get damaged during transport since the refrigerated vehicles and cold storage facilities is not readily available. Due to the increasing demand it is felt that commercialising mushroom spawn production is also viable if the producers are adequately trained.
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