NPC gives training on mushroom production to IPs of Benguet

NPC’s Watershed Management Department (WMD), in coordination with Benguet State Univeristy’s Mushroom Project has recently conducted a livelihood training seminar on mushroom production for the indigenous peoples of barangays Ekip and Karao in Bokod, Beguet.

The second training course on mushroom production was organized by NPC-WMD’s Upper Agno Watershed Area Team as livelihood program to uplift the participants’ economic status while engaging them to take part in environmental protection programs.

Twenty- five IP participants from the said Indigenous Cultural Communities benefitted from the two- day training. They were introduced to the growing bag cultivation technology for Oyster Mushroom developed in BSU- College of Agriculture by its researchers and plant pathologists namely Dr. Janet S. Luis, among others.

According to Forester Onofre S. Castro, UARWAT Section Chief, “the oyster mushroom cultivation in growing bags and in other indigenous waste materials is a friendlier technology compared to Shiitake cultivation in oak and alnus trunks.”

“We hope that our participants can apply the knowledge gained, and grow their own mushroom business to alleviate poverty and to create job opportunities among their neighbors,” he added.