A Bulawayo-based organisation V² Enterprises yesterday conducted a workshop targeted at promoting the growing of oyster mushrooms in Matabeleland.
The organisation, which seeks also to promote young farmers to diversity into production of cash-crops such as mushrooms and other vegetables, held the training in Umguza between Friday and yesterday.
V² is a charity organisation which provides support to child-headed households in Bulawayo. It has stabilised the lives of at-risk youth by providing reliable assistance with food, education, and the cost of utilities, along with workshops that capitalise on their already formidable entrepreneurial instincts.
V² has 36 youth mushroom growers in Bulawayo and it seeks to double.
According to V² executive officer Thenjiwe Nyoni the objectives of the training workshop were to develop food security and knowledge hub for both V² trainees and other interested individuals, organisations and institutions.
“The objectives of the training are to impact skills and knowledge on the practical aspects of small-scale mushroom cultivation, enlighten the participants on the economic and culinary value of oyster mushrooms,” she said.
“We are currently supporting 19 households from Nketa, Nkulumane, Sizinda and Tshabalala suburbs.
“From each household we are working with the eldest orphaned child known as a ‘Child head’. These youth will be assisted in the training and our facilitator was Cathy Sharp, a mycologist.”
V² strives to provide for children orphaned by Aids resources that a parent would otherwise provide for example food, education, healthcare and shelter.