During their study tour, Students from Maryhill High School attend the Mushroom entrepreneurship lectures at MTRC annually as a buildup on the already performing mushroom project being run at the same School in Mbarara. The student s were Privileged to interact and share experiences with Mr Wim a Senior Expert in mushrooms from the Netherlands. It’s very important for Entrepreneurship and Agriculture clubs to establish practical agricultural projects that the students find viable and can be easily adopted back at home especially if parental support Continue reading →
MTRC conducts training sessions all through the mushroom value chain. Selected Individuals and groups sponsored by Kawanda Agricultural Centre have benefitted from the Spawn Production lectures at MTRC. MTRC produces spawn for multiple strains under the oyster Family and other species other than Oyster mushrooms. MTRC has a strong team of lab attendants and specialized staff working 6 days a week on maintaining the quality and standards of mushroom spawn given to our farmers.
The youth that are skilled in mushroom value chain, entrepreneurship and agribusiness management are evaluated and assessed by the Ministry of Education And Sports under the Directorate of Industrial Training. The latest practical examinations were conducted at the Centre for the skilled youth! This practical exam is one of the requirements for Certification by the ministry. The official release of the examination results will therefore preceded their successive graduation. It was successfully carried out for all the candidates that turned up. Congrats to our students Continue reading →
MTRC was represented by the youth farmers from the Skilling program at MTRC in the exhibition at Makerere University March 2017. Over 600 people visited our stall and the awareness created an impact in the students at the university in the college of Agriculture. These learnt alot in mushroom value chain during the exhibition and others signed up for training due after their semester course at the university. The youth undergoing training represented MTRC effectively by sensitizing the guests at the stalls and demonstrating the Continue reading →
MTRC in collaboration with FAO has successfully introduce new oyster mushroom strains at the Centre. The spawn conservation bank of new oyster strains at MTRC now contains new variety of Chinese originated strains. We believe a variety of strains works to the benefit of our farmers. Each strain of mushrooms has its own proffered advantage over the others ranging from size of the mushrooms, color appearance of the mushroom itself, adaptability to the local weather patters, favorable type of substrate for the given strains, speed Continue reading →
Development of entrepreneurship among Youth and Skilling them is not only a model of practical drills but comes along with other course units that are vital in empowering youth to breed personal innovation and creativity through thesis development. The training facilitators coach them in establishing winning business plans that can be used to raise funds for project financing. Students have acquired knowledge in developing marketing plans and carrying out the practical surveys in communities to scale and acquire new customers as a means of establishing Continue reading →
The trainees at MTRC receive a range of practical skills and competences relevant in the labor market, among these is the construction of solar driers which are widely demanded and used by farmers all over Uganda to preserve agricultural products in particular fruits and vegetables like, mushrooms, onions, carrots, cabbages, tomatoes, ginger, cassava, among many others. This diversification of talents will favor the youth to develop this skill as a means to increase their livelihoods and incomes through taking advantage of opportunities of Solar dryer Continue reading →
During the practical sessions students get hands on applied experience by initiating their own (individual and group) gardens which is done right from the first stages of substrate preparation. The students gardens are supervised and nurtured till the mushrooms are ready for fruiting and harvest is done. This exposure avails each individual with a variety of capabilities that a typical commercial mushroom farmer must expect and they undergo practical drills of solving the challenges encountered.
The first set of students enrolled in this program started their training at MTRC in November 2016. These hail from various districts within South Western Uganda. The Youth are being trained in various Agribusiness and entrepreneurship skills. This skilling program, the first of its kind is residential and trainees receive full accommodation facilities at MTRC.
MTRC has undertaken a new program in partnership with AVSI & (SKY), mainly to skill youth for employment in Agribusiness. Relevant Practical education remains the solution to unlocking the potential and innovativeness of youth to be productive, particularly those involved in the informal sector in Uganda. Building private participation in skills training is the approach we are using to enhance sustainable creation of employment among youths in the agribusiness sector. The youth are primarily training in the opportunities involved within the mushroom value chain. The Continue reading →