Terengganu’s leading mushroom producer, TLT Dynamic Sdn Bhd will increase its mushroom production from its current 100kg of oyster mushroom production daily via its soon-to-be-ready farms. The company is Terengganu’s largest mushroom producer.
“We initially started commercial production of grey oyster mushrooms last October where 50 kg of mushrooms a day were collected and with the three farms we are now able to increase our output to three folds,
Gourmet delight: A file picture of the oyster mushroom.
“TLT has spent about RM500,000 to build five farms, each with the capacity to house 30,000 bags of mushroom seeds which can be harvested in five months.” said the company’s executive chairman Sufian Mohd Said said.
Oyster mushrooms have been touted as a gourmet delight the world over. Known for its nutritional value including anti-oxidant properties, it is a good alternative to animal protein and is believed to be anti-carcinogenic.
Oyster mushrooms are grown in semi-darkened shed with temperatures of 28 degrees Celsius during the day, and between 25 to 26 degrees Celsius at night. TLT had signed a deal last year with GCH Retail (M) Sdn Bhd for the sale of its mushrooms in the chain’s 87 Giant outlets and 16 Cold Storage stores nationwide.
Sufian added that TLT was also marketing its mushrooms to other supermarkets in Terengganu. The Ministry of Agriculture has declared mushrooms as an industrial crop. The country’s best selling mushroom is the white oyster.
Terengganu is emerging as a main producer of mushrooms, to reduce its dependency on neighbouring Thailand.
The state government had started giving monetary aid amounting to RM110,000 last year to mushroom cultivators to give the industry a shot in the arm and create farming entrepreneurs.
More than 2.6 million tonnes of mushrooms were imported into Malaysia in 2004, amounting to RM25.74mil. China, Canada and India are the top three producers of both fresh and processed mushrooms. Global mushroom production is 31% for button, shiitake (24%), oyster (14%), black ear mushroom (9%) and paddy straw mushroom (8%).
Sumber: The Star Online