Mushroom Growing Business for Uganda: The Real Magic Uncovered


‘In simply 90 days, I was able to overcome Shs. 50 million from the 7,000 stems of oyster mushrooms I grew  Exotic Mushrooms. Each stem produces an average of 1.5 kg of mushrooms because 90 day period, as well as a kilo of mushrooms ranges from between Shs. 5000 and also Shs. 8000.’

Mr. Kiddu Abel of the African Farmer’s association (U) Restricted

Mr. Kiddu that is referred to above is right, mushrooms do expand quick. Their complete growth cycle gets on typical 15 weeks (regarding 4 months), even when making use of basic methods. In Uganda it prevails to grow them by having actually polythene bags put on hold from the ceiling/roofs of dark lawn thatched huts. The polythene bags being stuffed with moist cotton seed startings in addition to maize brand, cotton or hardwood waste. With modern-day techniques however, the mushrooms start to sprout after 1-3 days.

So with the above in mind, how do you set about to make money to “feed the gods” of Kampala and it’s surrounding areas?


1. Small Market.

Whilst mushrooms are practically not vegetables, they are commonly categorized because of this and also because of a low-level of non reusable revenue, they are usually not considered a necessity by Ugandans as well as therefore market is commonly restricted to supermarkets and also a few markets. The East African as well as Worldwide markets according to a couple of various other study records I have viewed seem to reveal that exports from Uganda would not be competitive when compared to various other nations. The market will certainly not for that reason be substantial yet I nonetheless believe that the need still outstrips the supply and with an enhancing middle class, it is expected that need for mushrooms will certainly remain to grow.

2. Perish ability

Mushrooms are highly disposable and should be consumed quick or properly preserved quickly after harvest; either through drying them or cold. For the more advanced farmer, I advise that you preserve them by drying them utilizing a passage clothes dryer. A tunnel clothes dryer is approximated each Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) to set you back $250. At September 2012’s currency exchange rate this is about Shs 632,000. I nonetheless expect that to be the non business type as the industrial ones are in the variety of $6,500 yet I believe the non commercial is a great starting factor. There is naturally a possibility that the innovative makers of Katwe near Kampala can make you a neighborhood tunnel dryer.

An alternative to drying out is to have refrigeration facilities to maintain them fresh as some customers consisting of export markets prefer fresh to dried out mushrooms.

3. Water.

Mushrooms require consistent supply of water and also a damp poorly lit setting to expand favorably. We consequently suggest having an underground water tank to make certain continuous supply of water.

4. Edible kinds.

Determining and also taking in only the edible types is a difficulty, harmful types with damaging toxic substances could easily be misinterpreted for edible ones. I would recommend that you get in touch with a seasoned farmer to assist you discover the business and edible kind of mushrooms. The most common key ins Uganda being the oyster as well as the button kinds.


1. Little Area.

Growing mushrooms does not need a lot of land or space. It is specifically matched for also a Kampala suburb dweller and also mushrooms can be grown in your yard or store.

2. Easy process.

Mushroom growing is straightforward and also doesn’t require a lot of knowledge and intensive care. The art of mushroom expanding can be mastered quickly and quickly as compared to other agricultural items or plants.

A word of caution, regardless of the ease of learning, it is worth going to a farmer in Uganda to get first hand training. You can try Kabale area which owing to its cooler climate is renowned for mushroom expanding as well as has contemporary industrial facilities.

3. Productivity and also roi.

I estimate the Roi for this industry is as follows:

Start up funding (A): Shs.4,420,000.
Productivity (B): 19,170,000.
Return on Funding (A/B): 0.23 years.
Final word.

Mushroom expanding is very easy to learn and also with reduced start-up costs and also returns in concerning 3 months as shown above. This is consequently a splitting endeavor to start. It is also a sustainable endeavor as mushrooms are a great option source of healthy protein.

Mushroom growing for that reason has the dual advantage of paying and also good for the area (as a healthy living alternative).

Or else finest of good luck!

For over 8 years I have actually collaborated with a number of clients supplying audit, accounts, tax obligation as well as advisory in industries ranging from agriculture, mining, enjoyment, monetary services and innovation.

My customer profile in Uganda, The Bahamas and The Network Islands, United Kingdom has actually equally varied and also this experience has provided me a “well rounded” view of business including numerous customers in this field.

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