Baguio City poised to be the ‘Mushroom Capital of the Philippines’
The Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI) said that Baguio City being dubbed as Summer Capital of the Philippines can have an additional title as “Mushroom City of Philippines” through massive growing of button mushroom.
“The potential of Baguio City and other highland municipalities in the Cordilleras for the production of high-end type of mushrooms like king oyster and shiitake can also be explored. These mushrooms can only be grown in cool areas like Baguio,” BPI said.
According to the agency, adopting mushroom cultivation as an allied agricultural activity would greatly enhance the Philippine agriculture.
It is a valuable crop that helps to increase the sales and profits not only of growers and wholesalers but of restaurateurs and grocers. Mushroom growers contribute to the environmental well-being by efficiently utilizing agricultural by-products.
The popularization of button mushroom and other high-end type of mushrooms can be done with the technical know-how of DA-BPI towards research, development and cultivation technologies.
Marketing strategies will be incorporated in the project through the marketing arm of the DA.