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12-03-2004, 01:07 PM
by JAMES KILA

MUSHROOM cultivation under the Chinese JUNCAO Project have achieved a significant progress paving a new way for people in the Highlands region to alleviate poverty and increase family income.

JUNCAO technology project had been listed as an aiding project to PNG by the Chinese Government since 1998. Both governments are highly concerned about the implementation of the project.

“JUNCAO” is defined as grasses which are suitable for cultivating edible and medicinal fungi and producing animal feed. Additionally, the JUNCAO technology is defined as comprehensive technique to cultivate edible and medicinal fungi and produce mycelium protein forage with JUNCAO.

Family with mushrooms

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12-03-2004, 01:58 PM
The successful implementation of the JUNCAO project has shown that it is a good aiding project that utilizes natural resources effectively without damaging them and helps people increase their income.

In fact, the interest shown by the local people in mushroom cultivation and marketing is very high.

Mushroom ready for harvest

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12-03-2004, 02:01 PM
The project has helped many local people master the skills of mushroom cultivation by setting up demonstration and cultivation base, holding training classes and providing on-the-site guidance.

Local mushroom growers have benefited from it. By now there have been over 550 households from three provinces and ten districts that are covered in the project. Districts in Eastern Highlands covered by the JUNCAO Project include Lufa, Goroka, Bena, Daulo, Henganofi, Kainantu, Okapa. Districts covered in the Western Highlands is North Whagi, while in Chimbu the districts covered are Kundiawa and Chuave.

Mushroom Garden

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12-03-2004, 02:03 PM
People in those districts mainly participate in mushroom cultivation and some of them have obtained significant cash returns and have improved their living conditions. For example, Jackson Loko from Lufa in Eastern Highlands has built the best house in his village with the income earned from growing mushroom.

Nancy Alex has moved into a spacious semi-permanent house instead of living in previous kunai thatched house; Ling Koletemu has recently got married with income from mushroom cultivation. In fact, many growers have also increase their income or solve their living problems through the JUNCAO Project.

Another classic example is Bun Wesley from Lufa. After losing his job as a driver, he could not support his family of seven members. He joined JUNCO technology training class and began cultivating mushroom under the guidance of Chinese experts. At first he grew 300 bags of mushroom, occupying the area of nine-metres square that only took him twenty-minutes a day to manage.

With less than three months Wesley earned K804 which equaled his previous salary of three months as a driver. Recently he sold 300 bags of mushroom which he earned over K600. He is planning to expand his mushroom shed into a larger scale or achieve over 1000 bags of mushroom.

Wesley is convinced that mushroom cultivation can help people in rural areas earn an income to support their family welfare and sustain their lives.

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Chinese experts who started the Mushroom project