Professor Sami Ayodele:

"Nigerian growers should increase mushroom cultivation to boost agro-revenues"

According to university professor Sami Ayodele, has Nigerians should have more awareness of the cultivation of mushrooms. Ayodele, a professor of Botanical Science at the National Open University (NOUN), stated that mushrooms are one of the most neglected parts of agriculture in Nigeria.

Ayodele urged farmers to diversify into mushroom cultivation to boost revenue cultivation. “We should not just concentrate on cocoa, cassava, yam, and the rest; mushroom cultivation should be given priority. There are other crops, just like mushrooms, that have been neglected that can earn Nigeria a lot of money. If the mushroom sector is well-developed, it can earn Nigeria a lot of foreign exchange,” he said.

He said that Nigerian farmers should take a cue from Asian countries and cultivate more mushrooms which could increase the nation’s Gross Domestic Product to a trillion annually if the sector was well developed.


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