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1 Beijing, China November 21-December 05 2007 REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIAMINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE, WATER AND FORESTRYDepartment of Agriculture –Research and Training (Plant production)Promotion of Mushroom Cultivation in NamibiaBy Lydia N. HornPrepared for the Seminar on Edible Fungi Application and Management for African Countries.Beijing, China November 21-December
3 Mushrooms in general are well known among Namibian farmers and are widely consumed in the northern regions during the rainy seasonAlthough no formal scientific mushroom cultivation in Namibia has been attempted before the 90sIn 1999 the first funded project for mushroom was launched in Namibia working in collaboration with the University of NamibiaAwareness and training workshops started in 2003, where extension and research officers were trained
4 Later in 2003, the Ministry of Agriculture,Water and Forestry in collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce of China sent participants to the training on edible fungi held in Fuzhou City Fujian ProvinceExperience was gained and applied at home institutionA project on mushroom cultivation and promotion In Namibia was encouraged by the Division of Plant Production Research in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry at the beginning of 2004
5 Why Mushroomsmushrooms play a very important dietary role in human nutrition and health worldwide when used as a dietary supplementOn a dry weight basis, mushrooms are made up of about 30% protein (Oei 1996) and this protein is endowed with all the essential amino acidsMushrooms are low in calories and carbohydrates, are almost cholesterol free and are high in vitamins and minerals, all of which serve as important essential requirements for human health (Chang and Miles 1997).
6 Contribution to livelihoods in Namibia Idle for those who are unable to cultivate fields due to sick health (HIV/AIDS, TB and others)Crop diversification
7 Preparing the mycelium for seed inoculation at the University of Namibia
18 Challenges facing mushroom production in Namibia Dry weather conditionsLack of sterilizing equipmentsUnavailability/inaccessibility to mushroom strains that are suitable for Namibian environmentsLack of proper trained personnel in the field of mushroom productionLack of know how on the conditions needed for mushroom growthLack of funding sources for the project experimentations