Mushroom farming is Irelands largest horticultural sector
According to the Teagasc Mushroom Stakeholder Consultative Group, the success of the mushroom industry is largely attributed to the entrepreneurial spirit of the key stakeholders including marketeers, growers, compost suppliers, the producer organisation Commercial Mushroom Producers (CMP), with the support of state bodies such as Teagasc, Bord Bia, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.
It notes that current mushroom productivity in Ireland is in the region of 30kg mushrooms/m2 of crop area. “Stakeholders suggested that it was possible to increase this to 35 kg/m2 on average but the leading 10 per cent of growers must target yields close to 38 kg/m2 where conditions are favourable,” the report outlines.
In its roadmap, Teagasc has set out an aim to improve mushroom production to 35 kg/m2 by 2020 from current 30 kg/m2 and it says research and development is key to this being achieved.
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