Commercialising medicinal mushrooms at advanced stage

09 May 2014 11:00am
RUNDU, 09 MAY (NAMPA) - Plans to commercialise medicinal mushrooms are at an advanced stage.
This was revealed by the University of Namibia’s (Unam) Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lazarus Hangula during the graduation ceremony of 72 students at the Unam Rundu campus here on Thursday.
He said the institution is furthermore planning to document various medicinal plants, and intensify research in malaria-elimination efforts.
Malaria is currently one of the top five killer diseases globally, with the majority of those affected being from the African continent.
Mushroom products are currently sold as subsistence products throughout the country.
The vice-chancellor indicated that other initiatives which the university has embarked upon include research into domesticating the marama beans, and to grow stock feed to support the country’s livestock industry.
He said it was gratifying to note that Unam’s Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Resources has also started producing female calves through artificial insemination.
“We look forward to seeing this technology being made available to our farmers, big or small,” Hangula enthused.
The professor thus called on the relevant line ministries, which are the links between the people and research, to collaborate more closely in unison with Unam.
Universities all over the world do prototypes and pilot testing, which is what is happening with the rice research project in the Oshana and Zambezi regions.
“This is what will take us forward as a nation. This collaboration must become a common feature in all sectors of our economy,” Hangula reiterated.
The 72 graduates were conferred qualifications in different fields of study like education, entrepreneurship, economics and management science as well as nursing and public health.