Mushroom Growers and Exporters Association of Ghana (MUGREAG) is currently producing around 758 tons of mushroom per year, which is below the demand of this new market. Despite great potential for poverty reduction and income generation, the mushroom industry is characterized by low productivity and poor value chain linkages. The partnership with 2SCALE is aimed at mobilizing new mushroom growers and strengthening the use of innovative technologies resulting in improved product quality and yield; it also seeks to improve the coordination among value chain stakeholders.
Train growers in productivity and quality enhancement
Train MUGREAG members in product development, packaging and processing
Facilitate access to finance for MUGREAG members
Conduct trials on alternative production technologies aimed at increasing productivity
Assist growers in cost/benefit analysis, business planning, and negotiation of contracts
Strengthen networks with internal and external actors, including CBI
Involve 7,800 (2,000 women) producers and 45 small and medium-sized enterprises (15 female-headed), establish local supply of fresh mushroom and export of 40 tons/month of dry mushroom by 2017.
Fresh oyster mushroom for (super) markets and the hospitality industry. Dried oyster mushroom for export through CBI.
GREL (rubber company with out-growers);
Centre for the promotion of exports from developing countries (CBI, buyer/ broker);
MoA, Food Research Institute;
Noguchi Memorial Inst.(Research and production of mushroom spores/seeds);
Accra Polytechnic (Research and development of different mushroom species);