Namibian mushroom grower hopes to increase market share

University of Namibia graduate Abner Ndakalako Tomas is determined to realize his dream of producing mushrooms on a larger scale to feed the formal markets.

He is a holder of a Master’s degree in Microbiology. Tomas owns a company called Ndaka Mushrooms, which he started in 2020.

Since then, he has been producing and selling mushrooms to the informal market.

“The trials were done in 2019. As of 2020 and this year, I have been producing on a small scale, and the produce is sold around in the community.

“This year, I am therefore planning to make flavoured mushroom biscuits to give the community a new taste. The market is good, hence my dream to expand so that I can enter the formal market,” he told allafrica.com.

Tomas has turned his house into a production centre, while a dilapidated structure within the yard is used as a fruition room. Inside the house is a laboratory room, where he does the testing of seedlings and spawning.

Next to it is a cloning room where spawns are packed into plastics containing residues or grass, and this stage is the germination stage.

“In the past, I have been approached by some big retailers like Spar to supply them, but I couldn’t commit as a result of space and no proper facility. I am, however, in the process of expanding the fruition room with the little savings I have from my previous sales. Once this is done, I hope from August I can try to produce and penetrate the formal market,” added an optimistic Tomas.

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