Year Round Shiitake Mushroom Cultivation in Bhutan

An entrepreneur in Bhutan invents solar and electric incubator for year round Shiitake mushroom cultivation.

An entrepreneur in Bhutan invents solar and electric incubator for year round Shiitake mushroom cultivation. (Source: http://thebhutanese.bt)

 

An entrepreneur in Bhutan invents solar and electric incubator for year round Shiitake mushroom cultivation.

Karsang Dorji, an entrepreneur based in Thimphu, has designed solar and electric incubators to help in the year round cultivation of Shiitake mushrooms.

“Those interested in Shiitake mushroom cultivation need not wait for seasonal or altitude suitability to grow the mushrooms during winter; it can be grown anywhere without such limitations. Since there are not many who grow shiitake mushroom during winter, the winter harvest fetches good income,” said Karsang Dorji, who is also the CEO at Green Manufacturing & Repairing.

How the incubator works

The domestic incubator can be used for small scale production or self-consumption at home. The project incubator is for large scale cultivations. Karsang explained that the incubator works through an automated system, which does not require any manual work.

“The incubator will automatically regulate the required temperatures for growing shiitake mushroom during off season and set in the favourable temperatures inside the mushroom shed,” he said.

“During the day, the technology will function with the help of solar energy to regulate the temperatures and at the night the incubators will function with the help of electricity by switching to maintain the required temperatures for mushroom fruiting.”

Karsang Dorji also mentioned that the stages of cultivation such as soaking and pinning, which usually take several days, could be done in one phase with his latest invention.

“It only takes about eight days for fruiting after soaking, provided your billets are healthy enough. The pinning and fruiting can be automatically done by the incubator and does not require your attention,” said Karsang.

Advantages of using the incubators

Karsang said that with the current practices, the incubation process period normally takes a year, which sometimes does not also guarantee successful yield; this he said will change with his incubators.

“After experimenting with the technologies, we found that the incubators not only takes a shorter duration of seven months, but it also guarantees successful fruiting of the mushrooms,” he said adding that he is working on bringing down the incubation period to five or six months which will be the fastest incubation time for shiitake mushroom in Bhutan.

Other uses of the incubators

The same incubators, with some changes in the design set, can also be used to cultivate off-season vegetables and fruit. “Currently I’m experimenting with the cultivation of potato.”

Karsang said that the main objective behind the auto solar and electric incubator is to achieve year round cultivation and to stop the import of shiitake mushroom.

It can also be used in growing other types of off-season mushrooms besides shiitake. “I’m planning to demonstrate to the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry next year during the winter production which is an apt time for them to assess my works,” said Karsang Dorji.

Earlier, Karsang Dorji was also in the news for discovering suitable fruiting logs for better yields besides coming up with better means of growing Shiitake mushrooms year round for the first time in Bhutan.

 

By Sonam Yangdon (This article has been edited for the New Bhutan Times)

This article first appeared on The Bhutanese.

 


Related Posts

Denmark to Support Bhutan’s Organic Agriculture

Bhutan officially launched the policy for organic farming in 2007 and proclaimed the intention to become a fully organic...

Oct 24, 2017 14:50

Gasa lives the organic dream

Organic dream to be lived in!

Jul 29, 2017 16:54

Organic Vegetables on Platter for Students

Come 2018 and students of Daga Central School in Dagana will get to consume various organic vegetables that are grown in...

Oct 20, 2017 11:23

Smoked Gouda Cheese And Other Premium Dairy Products In The...

Koufuku International aims to produce premium dairy products which is of export quality.

May 25, 2018 08:53

Strengthening Agri-Business In Bhutan

"It is imperative that agriculture, being a jewel selected by the government, must be treated like a jewel," said Ugen...

May 22, 2018 20:23

Azista Bhutan - A Pharmaceutical Plant To Be Set Up In Samdrup...

The ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the pharmaceutical plant at Motanga Industrial Park was held on 17...

May 19, 2018 00:35

Latest

News

Bhutan – A Hidden Gem For Foreign Direct Investments

Of the total FDIs, 65 percent of the investors are from Asia, 25 percent from Europe, nine percent from America and the rest are from the...

May 24, 2018 16:58

15th National Job Fair Offered Over 3,600 Vacancies Overseas And In Bhutan

Companies from Kuwait, India and officials from the language institutes in Japan also offered job opportunities and trainings at the fair.

May 20, 2018 08:52

Sports

Indian Athletes In Bhutan For High-Altitude Training Ahead Of Asian Games

Athletes from many sports use high-altitude training for a few weeks before a major match or event.

May 21, 2018 11:15

Bhutanese Athletes Preparing For The Tokyo Olympics

Japanese coaches and experts will visit Bhutan to train the athletes in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

May 05, 2018 15:46

Business

Smoked Gouda Cheese And Other Premium Dairy Products In The Pipeline For Koufuku

Koufuku International aims to produce premium dairy products which is of export quality.

May 25, 2018 08:53

Strengthening Agri-Business In Bhutan

"It is imperative that agriculture, being a jewel selected by the government, must be treated like a jewel," said Ugen Tsechup Dorji.

May 22, 2018 20:23

Travel

Yathra Weaving – A Specialty In Bumthang Which Brings Income And Villagers Together

For tourists, Yathra products are popular and unique souvenirs from Bumthang.

May 21, 2018 21:07

Therapeutic Power of the Gasa Hot Springs

Known for its healing powers, the Gasa tshachu attracts about 3,000 visitors every year, making it the most visited places of the country’s...

Apr 29, 2018 03:45

Lifestyle

Members Of Rainbow Bhutan – A LGBT Community Observes IDAHOT

On May 17, the members of Rainbow Bhutan gathered to share touching stories.

May 26, 2018 09:11

Dish8Door Delivers Food And Happiness Right To Your Doorstep

Dish8Door is a delivery service with the motto ‘You Pick, We Deliver’.

May 17, 2018 17:17

Subscribe to our newsletter

Never miss out on new happenings and news stories!