The first of three batches, thirteen elementary teachers of the Maluso East District School, Basilan Province attended the Mushroom Production training in Zamboanga City.
The Department of Agriculture – RFO IX in coordination with the Soils Laboratory and La Paz Research Station (LPRS) held the hands-on training for the participants. Certified trainors, Soils Lab mushroom training head Ma. Lina Repollo presented the first part of the training which covers Mushroom Culture Preparation and Spawn Production and Planting process, while LPRS Head Orlando Telmo presented the Fruiting bag preparation, Fruiting process and Harvesting.  
Part of training is also the Mushroom food preparation; Soils Lab Staff Annaliza Tino presented the procedure on cooking mushrooms. Participants were given the recipes and a certificate of training.
Mr. Edgardo Espinosa, gradeschool teacher at Maluso District office, said that they are overwhelmed with the information learned from the training. “This training is a great learning experience. I, myself do not know that mushrooms are fungi. This is “alien” to us in Maluso. We do not know that mushrooms can be produced, we only thought they are found in the forests and trees.” He also said, “our hands-on experience with the WMSU students are the best teacher. We gain new knowledge and we are hopeful that this mushroom technology can really be done in our area in Maluso”. 
The group after lecture and hands-on training visited San Ramon WMSU College of Agriculture Campus for the mushroom technology demonstration. Other areas in the field itinerary include the KKI Community in Sinunuc and viewing of fruiting mushrooms in Barangay Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City.
DA Soils Laboratory head Ms Ma. Gemma S. Genaldo said that these trainings are open to interested participants who have the “time” to seriously produce mushrooms. “This is one of the fast ways to earn income. When the mushroom starts to fruit, it will go on for about three months, they can harvest weekly for home consumption and for market. The same way mushrooms has also its health benefits.” She said. 
Genaldo also thankful to the teachers showing interest in the mushroom production technology. She said that the DA Soils Laboratory services include soil tests with its expert trainors is sure of successful and fruitful harvests. 
The next trainings are scheduled on November 25, 2016 and December 02, 2016. (DA9)

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