China is the largest mushroom producer, consumer and exporter in the world. The annual output of mushrooms is more than 10 million tonnes, and around 60 varieties are widely cultivated. Over 18 million people are involved in the industry.
These figures are increasing every year. People in China have long used mushrooms as medicine, and more and more medicinal values are being discovered in mushrooms. Simple and modern technologies are used to grow, process and market mushrooms.
Most mushrooms are grown seasonally but, with the strong economic growth in the country, increasing quantities fresh mushrooms are being consumed domestically, and year-round production is developing very rapidly.
The industry is paying greater attention to quality and safety. The industry is innovating and modernising. There are huge opportunities for investment, research, training and marketing in the mushroom industry.In 1978, the production of cultivated edible mushrooms in China was only 60,000 tons, which accounted for only 5.7% of total world production. However, in 2002, China's mushroom production was over 8.6 million tons and accounted for about 70% of the total world output. The year 1990 can be considered the turning point in mushroom production in China. It was the year in which, for the first time, China produced more than 1 million tons of cultivated edible mushrooms, accounting for more than 28% of world mushroom production. The number of species of both edible and medicinal mushrooms cultivated has also been increasing over the years.
(1) the vision, strong leadership, and initiative of central and local governments in grasping the immense potential benefits of mushroom cultivation;
(2) strong scientific support from academic institutions;(3) manifold innovations in mushroom cultivation technology by talented mushroom farmers;
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