The RDO, in collaboration with the University Community and Development Office (UCDO), VALUE Negros, and Department of Agriculture, conducted a Mushroom Technology Transfer Training at the Agri-Lab and Support Services, Panaad Park, Bacolod City, November 25-26, 2019.
The training is a research and extension project which aimed to transfer the Mushroom Technology to the RESOURCE community and walk-in participants from the Negros Organic Festival. This is part of the EnvRich, one of the eight components of the VALUE Negros’ Climate Charge Program, which aims to energize the research and extension for climate resiliency in the Augustinian way.
According to Dr. Mona Freda Secondes, Director of the Research and Development Office, the mushroom has been initially identified as the possible technology that can be transferred to the community because it is one of the identified potential alternative crops which can withstand the effects of climate change; thus, this training was organized.
The two-day training consisted of three modules, which involved the orientation of mushroom culture and production of fruiting bags, mushroom grain spawn production, and mushroom pure culture production or tissue-culture method. Pedrito Dela Torre and Maribel Saquian, a staff of the Department of Agriculture, and Josie Jimenez, a mushroom grower and member of the United Mushroom Producers and Processors Association of Negros (UMPPAN) spearheaded the workshop, lecture, and demonstration of the modules.
After the three modules were given, the RDO gave the recipients from RESOURCE – Handumanan, a small Mushroom Production starter pack which consisted of polypropylene plastic, PVC necks, waste cotton, inoculating tool, hydrated lime, and sorghum substrate for spawn preparation. They also went home with sterilized fruiting bags inoculated with cultured mushroom spawn as the output for their workshop.
A total of 53 participants joined the training, wherein 12 of which were from RESOURCE – Handumanan, and the rest were walk-in participants from the Negros Organic Festival.