The expanding hotel and restaurant industry has led to increased demand with some hotels needing up to 25kg of mushroom per day. Farmers haven’t been able to supply the required amount of product as evident in the 149% increase in the import of mushrooms between 2019 and 2020. Even if Ethiopia is far from producing enough to meet local demand, there is potential for supplying mushroom products to overseas customers that are part of the global mushroom market valued at 54 Billion USD.
In 2015 Silew Mushroom and Spawn Production, the first private mushroom spawn producer was established in Ethiopia with financial support obtained from infoDev-supported Ethiopia Climate Innovation Center (ECIC).
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