During 8 years of many failures, but with determination and perseverance, Mr. Cuong has “lived well” thanks to the mushroom. Not only that, but he also helps 12 local workers get stable jobs.
He used to have more than 7 years of experience as a technician at Thach Ha Science and Technology Transfer Center (now the Center for Research and Development of Mushrooms and Biological Resources, under the Department of Science and Technology of Ha Tinh Province). ), in 2014, Mr. Le Dang Cuong (SN 1984) decided to quit his job and return to his hometown to start a business by developing a mushroom-growing model.
“My old job was stable, but it was very difficult to develop more, so I decided to quit my job to return to my hometown to grow mushrooms. At that time, I was also quite confident with my plan,” said the boy from Thach Xuan commune, district. Thach Ha, Ha Tinh shared.
He rented more than 13,000 m2 of land near his house, then put all the capital he had saved over the years to grow mushrooms. The idea that with years of accumulated knowledge will help him start a successful business. However, when he started to work, he repeatedly failed.
“In the beginning, I didn’t have capital, so I invested in a fragment, did not work methodically, that’s why I continuously failed. Sometimes when I was about to reach success, I encountered natural disasters, floods, sometimes I seemed to empty-handed,” shared Mr. Cuong.
Failing but not discouraged, Mr. Cuong continued to borrow money, invest effort, technology and continue to learn to develop production.
“Mushroom is a plant that is very sensitive to environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, light… so I always pay attention to monitoring and overcoming adverse factors for the growth of fungi. and strictly follow the procedures and techniques so that the fungus can grow well,” said Mr. Cuong.
According to Mr. Cuong, in order for mushrooms to have good quality and high yield, the most important step is the selection of varieties, then the method of incubation of raw materials. In addition, he always strictly follows the process of watering clean water and cleaning the factory every day.
“The cultivation of mushrooms also encounters many difficulties due to weather and diseases, especially the fact that parasitic flies and mosquitoes lay eggs that destroy embryos or are infected with green mold and pink fungus… Every day the first thing I do is go to work. check the growth of fungi, monitor the growth process to promptly detect harmful factors,” said Mr. Cuong.
With a methodical approach and investment in science and technology, from 2018 up to now, his mushroom growing model has stabilized and earned an income of VND 200-300 million. Especially, from 2020 to now, the revenue from Mr. Cuong’s mushroom growing model has reached nearly 3 billion VND/year. (125,000$/year)
“After deducting all expenses, the mushroom growing model brings me about 500-600 million VND per year,” said Mr. Cuong happily.
Mr. Cuong mainly grows wood ear mushrooms, reishi mushrooms and oyster mushrooms. Each type of mushroom will have a different growth and development time, such as wood ear mushrooms from transplanting to harvesting takes more than 3 months, for Ganoderma it is 5 months and oyster mushrooms is 4 months.. .
His mushroom products are currently being sold to many northern provinces and some central provinces such as Nghe An, Quang Ngai, Thua Thien – Hue… Where are mushroom products made? consume it all.
Not only enriching himself, his mushroom growing model also creates jobs for 12 local workers , with an income of 4-4.5 million VND/person/month.(1$=25,000 VND)
“Currently, I only work on an area of 3,000 m2. In the future, I will expand production on the remaining area, invest in more modern machines, to deeply process mushroom products such as: Tea Ganoderma lucidum, Ganoderma lucidum, mushroom jam… both increase income, create jobs for local children, and contribute to making “made in Ha Tinh” mushroom products exportable to the world. Mr. Cuong talked about his aspiration.
Mr. Duong Xuan Tung, Vice Chairman of the Thach Xuan Commune People’s Committee assessed that Mr. Cuong’s mushroom growing facility is one of the production models for high economic efficiency in the commune.
“Not only enriching himself, but his model also contributes to creating jobs for many workers in the area with a stable income. In December 2021, the two products of Mr. Cuong’s model are: Ganoderma lucidum and wood ear mushrooms have reached the 3-star OCOP standard,” said Mr. Duong Xuan Tung.
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