Posted on: Wednesday October 30, 2019

Rural women of Ocampo learn mushroom production
“Sarong beses kalang matanom nin mushroom, alagad mabunga ini nin hasta pitong bulan. Tubig sana an kaipuhan para mamantiner. Kumbaga bakong magastos pero sigurado an kuwarta,” shared Myrna Peñaflorida, Rural Improvement Club (RIC) federation president of Ocampo, Camarines Sur.

As a farmer, Myrna realized the great potential of mushroom as a form of livelihood. She also became known as one of the suppliers of fresh mushrooms. She even started making mushroom sisig and mushroom pickles from her backyard that are now available by order.

To learn more of the products produced out of mushroom, Myrna, together with 18 organized presidents of RIC Ocampo, attended the hands-on demonstration on mushroom culture and production technology, processing and marketing hosted by the Department of Agriculture Regional Field Office 5 (DA RFO 5) in cooperation with the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur on October 18, 2019.


The rural women who participated in the training were taught how to produce three classes of mushroom namely, pop mushroom, mushroom chicharon, and mushroom empanada.  They were also given pointers on food handling and preparation and proper personal hygiene necessary before making their products. More so, they were encouraged to invest in mushroom production as one of their income generating projects.

Apart from these products, over 30 recipes were already developed by the Regional Food Laboratory in DA out of mushroom as a substitute for meat. These include mushroom nuggets, embutido, siomai, luncheon meat, lumpia, patty, tapa, tocino, and many more.

Several forms of support have been given to the RIC organization especially to the rural women and farmers of the whole province. “Labi-labi an pasasalamat ko sa DA asin sa gobyerno probinsyal bako lang dahil sa training na ini, kundi sa mga ekipahe na itinao ninda tanganing masuportaran kami bilang mga paratanom arog kan cassava pulverizer asin cacao grinder,” added Myrna.


Written By: Annalyn Gallego

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