This was revealed by Rwandan mushroom farmers in a meeting with their African colleagues who gathered in Kigali in a workshop organized by republic of China to train them in juncao technology.
An often under-appreciated food, mushrooms have been eaten and used as medicine for thousands of years.
The Chinese ambassador to Rwanda, Wang Xuekun, said that mushrooms are one of the weapons that helped his country get out of poverty, which is why they want to cooperate with Africa.
He said, “Africa is a continent rich in natural resources, clean land and beautiful climate. Africans are rich, so they deserve to progress. We are determined to share our experience and knowledge with them.”
Mushrooms contain macronutrients that support a healthy immune system. According to the Mushroom Council, your immune system will benefit from mushrooms whose nutrients include: Selenium, which helps your body make antioxidant enzymes to prevent cell damage. Choose cremini or portabella mushrooms for the most benefit.
Juncao is a new research field, an interdisciplinary science of fungi & grass, a new category of grasses and a newly developed agricultural resource.
Herbaceous plants that can be used as the culture substrate for cultivation of edible and medicinal fungi.
In 2006, Juncao technology was first introduced to Rwanda, and 5 years later, the Chinese-Rwanda Agriculture Technology Demonstration center was officially established in Rwandan Southern province. Since then, Juncao technology has gradually taken root in Rwanda, and this industry has expanded successfully from grass planting, mushroom grow bags, to production and distribution of mushrooms.
Some of the mushroom farmers we talked to told us that they have already reaped the benefits to the extent that they have even reached the level of teaching others how to grow and now there is no problem of malnutrition in their families.
Through our cooperation with Rwanda, Juncao Technology and mushroom production have been successfully implemented here. By now, more than 35,000 Rwandan farmers have been trained in this technology, over 3,800 households, 50 companies and cooperatives have been supported to engage in the pertinent business.
Sister Pascasie Niragire said: in our good pastor’s family, we had the opportunity to receive training on mushroom cultivation using juncao technology starting in 2016 in China, which helped us to increase our production so that now we have reached the point where we can harvest the seeds and process them.
we teach those who want to enter mushroom farming and we also sell the products that come from this farming.
In collaboration with China, a center for research and training on mushroom farming was established in Rwanda with the help of Juncao.