Mushroom farming is steadily gaining ground in Kilifi County after farmers realised that it is a potentially lucrative business venture.
The uptake of the new agriculture venture in the region has been boosted by nearby Pwani University campus, even as questions arise over its sustainability.
Mr Duncan Charo Katana, a farmer at Mwanzai village in Jibana, decided to venture into mushroom farming after attending a one-day training course at the university.
“I wanted to try mushrooms after learning that they are profitable,” he says.
In December 2012, he set up a small shed as a production centre, with the necessary dark-room to enable the mushrooms to germinate.
His first harvest was in January last year, when he produced four kilogrammes of mushroom, which he sold to Travellers Beach Hotel in Mombasa for Sh800 a kilo.
His next harvest yielded 9.5 kilogrammes, for which he received Sh8,000.