Mushroom Growing Business for Uganda: The Real Magic Uncovered

‘In simply 90 days, I used to be in a position to recover from Shs. 50 million from the 7,000 stems of oyster mushrooms I grew. Every stem produces a mean of 1.5kg of mushrooms in that 90 day interval, and a kilo of mushrooms ranges from between Shs. 5000 and Shs. 8000.’

Mr. Kiddu Abel of the African Grower’s affiliation (U) Restricted

Mr. Kiddu who’s referred to above is true, mushrooms do develop fast. Their full development cycle is on common 15 weeks (about 4 months), even when utilizing rudimentary strategies. In Uganda it is not uncommon to develop them by having polythene baggage suspended from the ceiling/roofs of darkish grass thatched huts. The polythene baggage being filled with damp cotton seedlings in addition to maize model, cotton or timber waste. With trendy strategies nevertheless, the mushrooms start to sprout after 1-3 days.

So with the above in thoughts, how do you set about to earn money to “feed the gods” of Kampala and it is surrounding areas?


1. Small Market.

While mushrooms are technically not greens, they’re typically labeled as such and owing to a low-level of disposable revenue, they’re typically not thought of a necessity by Ugandans and due to this fact market is usually restricted to supermarkets and some markets. The East African and Worldwide markets as per a number of different analysis stories I’ve considered appear to point out that exports from Uganda wouldn’t be aggressive when in comparison with different international locations. The market won’t due to this fact be vital however I nevertheless consider that the demand nonetheless outstrips the availability and with an rising center class, it’s anticipated that demand for mushrooms will proceed to develop.

2. Perish means

Mushrooms are extremely perishable and have to be consumed quick or correctly preserved instantly after harvest; both by drying them or freezing. For the extra superior farmer, I like to recommend that you simply protect them by drying them utilizing a tunnel dryer. A tunnel dryer is estimated per Uganda Funding Authority (UIA) to price $250. At September 2012’s change price that is about Shs 632,000. I nevertheless count on that to be the non business sort because the business ones are within the vary of $6,500 however I consider the non business is an effective place to begin. There may be after all a risk that the artistic producers of Katwe close to Kampala could make you an area tunnel dryer.

A substitute for drying is to have refrigeration amenities to maintain them contemporary as some shoppers together with export markets choose contemporary to dried mushrooms.

3. Water.

Mushrooms want fixed provide of water and a moist dimly lit surroundings to develop favorably. We due to this fact suggest having an underground water tank to make sure fixed provide of water.

4. Edible varieties.

Figuring out and consuming solely the edible varieties is a problem, toxic varieties with dangerous toxins can simply be mistaken for edible ones. I’d suggest that you simply contact an skilled grower that will help you discover the business and edible sort of mushrooms. The commonest varieties in Uganda being the oyster and the button varieties.


1. Little Area.

Rising mushrooms would not want quite a lot of land or area. It’s notably fitted to even a Kampala suburb dweller and mushrooms will be grown in your yard or retailer.

2. Easy course of.

Mushroom rising is easy and would not require quite a lot of experience and intensive care. The artwork of mushroom rising will be mastered rapidly and simply as in comparison with different agricultural merchandise or vegetation.

A phrase of warning, regardless of the benefit of studying, it’s value visiting a farmer in Uganda to get first hand coaching. You may attempt Kabale district which owing to its cooler local weather is famend for mushroom rising and even has trendy business amenities.

3. Profitability and return on funding.

I estimate the Return on Funding for this sector is as follows:


  • Begin up capital (A): Shs.4,420,000
  • Profitability (B): 19,170,000
  • Return on Capital (A/B): 0.23 years


Remaining phrase

Mushroom rising is straightforward to be taught and with low start-up prices and returns in about 3 months as proven above. That is due to this fact a cracking enterprise to start out. It is usually a sustainable enterprise as Magic Mushrooms Dispensary are an excellent various supply of protein.

Mushroom rising due to this fact has the double good thing about being worthwhile and good for the neighborhood (as a wholesome residing choice).

In any other case better of luck!

For over 8 years I’ve labored with a number of purchasers offering audit, accounts, tax and advisory in sectors starting from agriculture, mining, leisure, monetary providers and know-how.

My shopper portfolio in Uganda, The Bahamas and The Channel Islands, United Kingdom has equally been numerous and this expertise has given me a “effectively rounded” view of enterprise together with a number of purchasers on this sector.


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