SRG Agro encourages entrepreneurs to grow straw mushrooms

BAGAN SERAI, SRG Agro Berhad is encouraging entrepreneurs to grow straw mushrooms as they are in high demand, especially in China.

The company’s chief executive officer Shah Mohd Radzi, 39, said this was because the mushrooms could produce downstream products such as tea, burgers and food flavourings.

“The ‘Volvariella (volvacea)’ variety of mushroom which uses tissue cultures are easy to grow on rotten oil palm trunks. It multiplies easily and within two weeks we can get the results,” he told the media when met at the Contract Farming Entrepreneur Programme at Selinsing near here today.

The ceremony was officiated by Perak Public Utilities, Infrastructure, Agriculture and Plantation Committee chairman Abdul Yunus Jamahri.

Shah said the ministry had allocated RM1.5 million for the first phase of the crop in five states, namely Perak, Johor, Pahang, Negeri Sembilan and Kelantan with each state having 400 to 500 participants who have been provided with funds for courses, seeds and cultivation sites to grow the crop.

“The retail price for the mushrooms is between RM16 and RM20 per kilogramme.

“Entrepreneurs can earn RM2,400 a month but they are not allowed to sell the mushrooms to third parties. We will buy the mushrooms and we will process them to produce downstream products such as tea, burgers and food flavouring,” he said.

He said the company also plans to export the products to Korea, Taiwan, Japan and China in the future.

Source: BERNAMA (News Agency)