Mushroom Growing Business for Uganda: The Real Magic Uncovered

‘In simply 90 days, I used to be capable of recover from Shs. 50 million from the 7,000 stems of oyster mushrooms I grew. Every stem produces a mean of 1.5kg of mushrooms in that 90 day interval, and a kilo of mushrooms ranges from between Shs. 5000 and Shs. 8000.’

Mr. Kiddu Abel of the African Grower’s affiliation (U) Restricted

Mr. Kiddu who’s referred to above is correct, mushrooms do develop fast. Their full progress cycle is on common 15 weeks (about four months), even when utilizing rudimentary strategies. In Uganda it is not uncommon to develop them by having polythene luggage suspended from the ceiling/roofs of darkish grass thatched huts. The polythene luggage being full of damp cotton seedlings in addition to maize model, cotton or timber waste. With trendy strategies nevertheless, the mushrooms start to sprout after 1-Three days.

So with the above in thoughts, how do you set about to earn cash to “feed the gods” of Kampala and it is surrounding areas?


1. Small Market.

While mushrooms are technically not greens, they’re typically labeled as such and owing to a low-level of disposable earnings, they’re typically not thought of a necessity by Ugandans and subsequently market is usually restricted to supermarkets and some markets. The East African and Worldwide markets as per a couple of different analysis experiences I’ve considered appear to point out that exports from Uganda wouldn’t be aggressive when in comparison with different international locations. The market won’t subsequently be important however I nevertheless imagine that the demand nonetheless outstrips the provision and with an growing center class, it’s anticipated that demand for mushrooms will proceed to develop.

2. Perish capability

Mushrooms are extremely perishable and must be consumed quick or correctly preserved instantly after harvest; both by way of drying them or freezing. For the extra superior farmer, I like to recommend that you simply protect them by drying them utilizing a tunnel dryer. A tunnel dryer is estimated per Uganda Funding Authority (UIA) to price $250. At September 2012’s change fee that is about Shs 632,000. I nevertheless count on that to be the non industrial sort because the industrial ones are within the vary of $6,500 however I imagine the non industrial is an effective place to begin. There may be in fact a risk that the artistic producers of Katwe close to Kampala could make you a neighborhood tunnel dryer.

A substitute for drying is to have refrigeration services to maintain them recent as some shoppers together with export markets want recent to dried mushrooms.

Three. Water.

Mushrooms want fixed provide of water and a moist dimly lit atmosphere to develop favorably. We subsequently advocate having an underground water tank to make sure fixed provide of water.

four. Edible sorts.

Figuring out and consuming solely the edible sorts is a problem, toxic sorts with dangerous toxins can simply be mistaken for edible ones. I’d advocate that you simply contact an skilled grower that can assist you discover the industrial and edible sort of mushrooms. The commonest sorts in Uganda being the oyster and the button sorts.


1. Little Area.

Rising mushrooms would not want lots of land or area. It’s significantly suited to even a Kampala suburb dweller and mushrooms could be grown in your yard or retailer.

2. Easy course of.

Mushroom rising is easy and would not require lots of experience and intensive care. The artwork of mushroom rising could be mastered shortly and simply as in comparison with different agricultural merchandise or vegetation.

A phrase of warning, regardless of the convenience of studying, it’s value visiting a farmer in Uganda to get first hand coaching. You possibly can attempt Kabale district which owing to its cooler local weather is famend for mushroom rising and even has trendy industrial services.

Three. Profitability and return on funding.

I estimate the Return on Funding for this sector is as follows:


  • Begin up capital (A): Shs.four,420,000
  • Profitability (B): 19,170,000
  • Return on Capital (A/B): zero.23 years


Remaining phrase

Mushroom rising is straightforward to study and with low start-up prices and returns in about Three months as proven above. That is subsequently a cracking enterprise to start out. It is usually a sustainable enterprise as chaga mushroom powder are an excellent various supply of protein.

Mushroom rising subsequently has the double good thing about being worthwhile and good for the group (as a wholesome dwelling possibility).

In any other case better of luck!

For over eight years I’ve labored with a number of shoppers offering audit, accounts, tax and advisory in sectors starting from agriculture, mining, leisure, monetary providers and expertise.


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