The Mushroom Node hosted by the University of Namibia Zero Emissions Research Initiative (ZERI) trained an MSc student from North West University, South Africa and three staff members from the National Technological Center, Ministry of Science and Technology in Angola on Mushroom cultivation and postharvest techniques.
Mr Hilário Gomes and Mrs Eunice Mateus Pires from Angola were trained during the week of 6 -10 June. While Mr Sydwell Sihlangu from North West University, South Africa received his training during the week of 24-30 June 2016.
The Ministry of Science and Technology in Angola requested The University of Namibia to join its trained staff in facilitating the training of farmers on mushroom cultivation. During the week of 15th to 19th August 2016, Ms Nailoke Pauline Kadhila and Mrs. Fimanekeni Shivute traveled to Angola and facilitated the training of more than 30 farmers from four different groups at Escola Técnica Agrária de Catofe in Quibala, Kwanza Sul Province.
Mr Gomes and Mrs Mateus Pires who were trained at UNAM are now well qualified to ensure the continuity of mushroom cultivation training and support to mushroom farmers in Angola. ZERI will continue to support all those trained as the need arises, especially on the supply of mushroom cultures and spawn (seeds).
ZERI also participated in the recent ended Ongwediva Annual Trade Fair where they showcased mushrooms and mushroom products. Those who visited the UNAM stand had the opportunity to enjoy a refreshing health tea made from Ganoderma mushroom. ZERI continues with the supply of seeds, training and advice to the Mushroom Farmers countrywide.