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Outsider's view: Mushrooms yield big surprises

09-19-2012 14:25 BJT

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By CCTV Laora Briquet

In Northeast China’s Heilongjiang Province a mushroom producer to find out how this lowly food can yield big surprises.

Ding Zhaoxiang is a mushroom producer in Langxiang, in Northeast China’s Heilongjiang province. He and his wife have a small farm, and two seasonal workers. They began growing mushrooms ten years ago. Their standard of living was quite low then, and they could hardly pay for their son’s university tuition.

Ding said, "I began growing mushrooms in 2002. I failed several times during the first three years because I had no experience or technical knowledge. Then i consulted experts and took a training class. I finally succeeded, and I also helped some of my neighbours start their own mushroom production."

Today, his business is going well. During the harvest season, between April and October, his 70,000-bale field allows him to harvest about 70 kilograms a day, which he can sell for up to 3000 yuan. But it’s not an easy life.

Ding said, "You have to take care of everything. Each production step is very important. Any careless mistake can cause problems. To me, they are like babies, maybe even more sensitive."

Mushrooms spores are planted in sawdust bales that have been dried for 60 days. Then, the bales are placed in the field, and watered three times a day. The mushrooms take about a month to mature. Then they’re ready to harvest and dry before selling.

Thanks to his mushroom production, Ding family’s living standards have strongly increased. They bought a house in town, a television, a computer, and they send their son to study in university. Many neighbours followed their example.

Ms. Wang for example, was helped by Ding to produce mushrooms. Today, she called her neighbours to help her with some troubles she has in her field.

Ms. Wang said, "Business is good now. I began growing mushrooms five years ago, Ding helped me. It’s kind of him to teach us the producing techniques, and to share his good experience. Now, our living standards are far better, all neighbours are really grateful to Mr Ding and his wife."

After their hard working day, they can finally go home and taste the fruit of their labour.

 

Editor:Zhang Jingya |Source: CCTV.com

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