How to Start a Mushroom Business in the Philippines

Have you heard of the news in recent years of an entrepreneur who lost everything during a typhoon? Instead of selling everything and going through another business, he continued where he left. He noticed that a patch of mushroom, beautiful and white, was growing during the rainy season. Intrigued, he went to the nearest University to have it examined in order to determine what kind of mushroom it was and how to properly grow it.

Since then, he has made bank from planting and harvesting mushrooms which can now be bought at grocery stores. His determination and perseverance paid off in the end when most would give up.

Mushrooms are usually regarded as a delicacy, not just in the Philippines but in other Asian countries as well. Used for gastronomy and for its medical properties, the mushroom is a jack of all trades sort of vegetable that is not that hard to grow at all!

Although it can be a profitable venture, most Filipinos do not pursue this kind of farming, not because it is expensive (it is not!) but due to the lack of proper knowledge on planting mushrooms and its cultivation.

If you want to know how to start a mushroom business in the Philippines, continue reading to know what you need in order to run a successful mushroom farm!

The equipment needed

The following are just the basic necessities you need in order to grow mushrooms:

  • Hammer
  • Nails
  • Carpenter Saw
  • Supply of water
  • Supply of sugar
  • Packaging
  • Gasoline tank
  • Plastic sheets
  • Banana leaves or dry straws
  • Leaves
  • Mushroom spawn (starter)
  • Wood for bedding
  • Ammonium sulfate
  • Weighing scale

The above properly allows you to plant mushrooms with ease. While it may seem daunting do not be afraid, these items can be found at your local palengke as well as hardware stores.

Have the required capital

Money required to start a mushroom business in the Philippines

mushroom business in the philippines

Remember the story at the beginning? You do not need to own a large plot of land in order to run a mushroom business. You would only need it when you are determined to make a bigger production capacity for the future.

The capital you need now would cost around P10,000. This will include 2 laborers with wage included as well as the transportation cost to markets.

Starting a mushroom business can mean a large sum of money for you in less than a month with such a low amount of capital. However, you would need a little information in the science and technology section for mushroom farming. This is the kind of business that needs a little bit of studying in order to understand the nature of the product.

Provide the right environment

Location is very important for any mushroom production. A business in mushroom farming must consider the environment as different types of mushrooms need different kinds of environment. As an example, oyster mushrooms have the most basic of environmental needs that include the humidity, light, proper ventilation, sanitation, and proper temperature.

Pick different types of mushrooms

mushroom business in the philippines 2As said before, different kinds of mushrooms have varying costs of production, and you must consider setting up a budget that depends on the amount of money you have, as well as any consideration for long term investments.

A good starter mushroom variety is the oyster mushroom as they are the easiest to grow among the other types of mushrooms available at the market. As you continue your business, grow other mushrooms like portabello mushrooms or straw mushrooms.

Get a spawn to start your mushroom farm!

A seed to start your mushroom business

A culture of mushrooms can be grown by first acquiring a spawn. You can procure this by either using a culture of your own concoction or by purchasing ready to use spawns from reliable suppliers of mushroom agriculture.

As a word of advice, producing your own culture of spawn is a cheaper option than purchasing them.

Don’t forget the substrate

The substrate is where the mushroom will be cultivated from. This is where the straws from your investment cost will come into play. Mushrooms are cultivated by the numbers using agro-waste that have cellulose and lignin that produces more enzyme that encourages the growth of more mushrooms.

Taking care of your substrate is done through the use of common methods of water treatment (hot), compost fermentation, steam pasteurization, and chemical sterilization.

Take care of your mushroom

Maintain proper temperature and lighting to prevent any insect, bug, disease, or other types of bacteria from infecting the substrate where your mushroom lives. Mushrooms should be harvested before the spore of their bodies are released. Each mushrooms can be harvested by determining the right shape and size of their bodies when mature.

For storage, mushrooms that are freshly harvested should be stored at 0 to 5 Celsius for two weeks maximum. Dried mushrooms, however, are able to be stored for at least 3 to 4 months.

Register your business

Check your local Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about proper mushroom farming regulations. You are required to register your business with the barangay (barangay clearance), BIR office (BIR Certificate), and business permit at the nearest office of their jurisdiction.




105 responses to “How to Start a Mushroom Business in the Philippines”

  1. Hi Good day!
    Im interested to do a business of oyster mushroom please call me 0966 531 0078

    • Jorgie says:

      Hi good day!

      I am so interested in this kind of business

      can you please send me more details?

      thanks.

  2. Cecille says:

    I am willing to learn of growing mushroom starting from the bigginning.thank you

  3. Japhet says:

    Hello. I am interested in this. Can you send me some details?

  4. ROM NICK BARRUGA says:

    I am interested to in mushroom farming.Can you send me the details please.

  5. I would like to start mushroom farming in the Claveria or Talisayan towns of Misamis Oriental. These have different weather, Claveria being milder. Which is better for for growing oyster mushrooms, etc. is there a seminar in area one can attend? I want to start in the next month or so.
    Thanks

  6. Hi im interested in geowing mushroom business..

  7. Rhymar Jim Tagle says:

    HELLO I AM INTERESTED TO GROW MUSHROOM HERE IN CEBU. CAN YOU HELP ME?
    09994960756

  8. Ron says:

    Hello po. I am a student and I want to learn this type of business for my finances. Please send me details in my email pronz2296@gmail.com or in my phone number 09553327826.
    Please send me. The capital is fitted for me as a student.

  9. jared pamisa says:

    sir gusto kopo mag start pwd poba maturoan ako as beginner.

    jpamisa@gmail.com

  10. Vincent Bagz says:

    Im interested here in zamboanga del norte
    09305104207

  11. Engr. Gilbert D. Pacana says:

    i want to start a business like this in cebu
    can you help me?

  12. Celso Lopez says:

    I am interested in mushroom fa

  13. Celso Lopez says:

    Hi po, Im interested in mushroom business in bicol sorsogon city, thanks

  14. Lavinia Pulgo says:

    Sir San po ba pwidi mag similar sa.mushroom business na ito,, dito lang po ako sa Bacolod,, please send me details,, this is my email add.

    love64ph@yahoo.com

  15. Mary Joy Mabulac says:

    Hi. I’m willing to get enough knowledge & training for mushroom farming here in Negros Occidental. Thanks

  16. Ian says:

    I also want to know the basic of Mushroom culture farming. Can I ask more about this business, please?

  17. Jolly P. Balili says:

    Hellow i am interested to learn this type of businees.
    Please sent me in my email jollybalili131@gmail.com or in my phone number 09217967813

  18. Ericson A Bautista says:

    im interested in growing mushroom.Can you please send details thank you.

  19. Era Enderez says:

    I am interested to learn and start up of a mushroom business. please send me more details if there is training available if any. thanks!

  20. EJ Denis Paul P. Calunsag says:

    Hello I really want to learn more about this please contact me if you are available 09750618107 or my facebook account
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  21. John Daly says:

    Hello I am looking for business oppertunity in Camiguin Island and will have some capital and maybe mushroom produduction is right for me? Can you advise me please. Thank you.

  22. roda jane lopez says:

    Hi po. gusto ko malaman paano ba ang pag farming ng mushroom para narin po magka roon ng kunting pagkakitaan.. Loaction ko po ay sa Bukidnon. salamat

  23. Jor Roneil escalante says:

    Good morning. I am a mushroom grower as of niw and my oyster mushroom production si increasing… May i ask where to sell large amount of mushrooms

  24. allen says:

    hello im intereated please contact me

  25. Yusoph B. Macalolon says:

    I am interested to venture in the mushroom farming, its been a good favor if i will be provided with reading materials regarding the technology of growing mushroom to my email. . .

  26. Ria maniego says:

    Good day po!interesado po ako sa mushrooms farming can you help me po.salamat,my email is duapa.ria@yahoo.com

  27. Marisol Arceo says:

    Is there seminar to grow mushroom in Cagayan de Oro? Pls let me know and this is my phone number 09156508771

  28. Revon Tesoro says:

    Please send details how to start mushroom business
    What is spawn? Where to buy in Pangasinan area? How to make straws?
    What is straws? Where to buy in Pangasinan area? How to make straws?
    What area required?
    Where can I market in Pangasinan area?

  29. janela marie brosas says:

    Hi please send info

  30. Jin says:

    Hi..im interested with this business..

    Pls email me..

    jcarl2800@yahoo.com

  31. jeremie cabantog says:

    can you help me start mushroom farming pls call me 09569083376

  32. Jerry Johnson says:

    OK, you got my attention, tell me how I get started in the mushroom growing business, please.

  33. JP Cabrera says:

    Hi,

    Interested with mushroom business, please contact me at 09219652883

  34. Adrian Poso Aleluya says:

    Hi Im interested too in mushroom farming.
    Any Seminar related to Mushroom farming around Samar/Northern Samar.

    Please send me the info.

    Thanks.

  35. Joseph Noel sugay says:

    How can I start my own mashroom farming can you please help me

  36. Sonny says:

    Who are the buyers of the produce?
    Price rate per kilo?

  37. Renz Shirvene says:

    Looking for those who conducts seminar / training about mushroom business. Pangasinan Area

    Call me 09263453599

  38. Dunstan Vicent Cervania Prado says:

    Im interested to get more details.

  39. Lyra 09652218747 says:

    I’m interested

  40. jeezer says:

    I am very much interested to start a Mushroom business production. Hope and pray you will contact my email attached.

    rezeej_22@yahoo.com

  41. Jovelyn Mallo says:

    Hi. Good day! I am a financial management student need to learn how to get started a mushroom farming for our feasibility study purposes. I am hoping can can someome help me.
    You can send the information in my gmail account. jovelynmallo@gmail.com . Thankyou in Advance. 😊

  42. Gsismaet says:

    I would like to start a mushroom growing farm in palawan please. My email is gsismaet@yahoo.co.uk

  43. Harriet Colongey says:

    Hi gusto ko po matutoagbusimess ng mushroom

  44. LENN says:

    im interested please send me details. im in batangas area

  45. Joyce Lozano says:

    Hi I’m interested in Mushroom Farming. Please let me know how to start this bussiness.

  46. Im from tanay rizal, please let me know when is seminar,i like to start mushroom farming

    Thanks

  47. Oscar Parola Jr. says:

    I am also interested on mushroom business, please help me to start this kind of business.
    Thank you.

  48. Ricardo .C. Bariga says:

    hello ,Im interested in growing mushooms.can you please help me.

  49. Michael mendoza says:

    Good day sir i am interested how learn mushroom farming. How can i start from the begining? Thank you

  50. Mary Grace Remo says:

    Hello! Can I pls ask for some more info on mushroom growing? Thank you so much!

  51. Chris Celeste says:

    Hello,
    I looking into other business avenues where it’ll be profitable right after this Covid19 Pandemic. Can you please enlighten me more about Growing Gourmet Mushrooms here in the Philippines. Kindly provide a YouTube link for starters like me. Thank you so much.

  52. Cris Manialong says:

    Hi,I’m interested in this business. Please send me an email

  53. Leandres Coronel says:

    I would love to hear more about mushroom production, Is there any seminars being conducted?

  54. Riener Tigas says:

    Hi just want to know in what category or line of business should I register if I I gage in mushroom farming thanks.

  55. Dayne Harvey Santos says:

    Interested to learn and actualize this business. Where can we learn more about mushroom cultivating? I am located in Lanao del Norte with spaces for agribusiness.

  56. Sarah alanzalon says:

    Hello can you help me start my mushroom business

  57. Jessabel says:

    Im willing to learn as a begginer.thank you

  58. Noime says:

    Im very interested to have mushroom business, im from isabela, please give me more info, thank you

  59. cesar enierga says:

    I am interested to start a mushroom business.

    I am wondering if how much the construction cost per square meter of a low cost mushroom shelter.

  60. Margarita S. Dominguez says:

    Good day! I have a friend from Kenya Africa and he is pushing me to do oyster mushroom business with him here in the Philippines. I don’t have any knowledge about such. Is that idea of him advisable as he lives in Africa and aside from that he is a first timer in this business. But he is very positive that it will succeed. According to him oyster mushroom business is lucrative. Can you give me more information about it. Thank you God bless you

  61. alecxandra jeza mariano says:

    im interested, can you send me the details please.thank you

  62. Randy G. Reyes says:

    Good Day!
    I am interested in mushroom farming kindly send me more information about this.
    Thank you
    Randy

  63. Jenalyn Palconet says:

    Hi. I’m interested in learning how to grow mushrooms and how to make a business out of it. Thank you for the help.

  64. Rafaela M. Balani says:

    I am interested in mushroom growing business from the start to drying .Kindly help.

  65. John henry Vista says:

    Hi I would like to know more and how to properly start this mushroom business, I’m from Laguna

  66. viven garduque says:

    hi, im ven from cebu city, interested in starting mushroom culture. hope you can help me start with it. thank you

  67. Ramon Abayon says:

    Hi, I’m Ramon from Carmen , Cebu.I’m interested in starting mushroom business.

  68. agustin saratan jr says:

    i am interested to learn this kind of venture pls send me more details or is there any seminar how to learn? thank you

  69. Amelia B.Suizo says:

    Hi i’m Amy from los banos laguna.i’m interested in mushroom farming..can you send me more details please.thank you.

  70. Virginia Sanchez says:

    Hi,I am interested to learn how to start mushroom culture.

  71. Virginia Sanchez says:

    Hi,I am interested to learn how to start mushroom culture.Someone can help me how ,

  72. Harris N. Diamad says:

    I’d been reading all facts about mushrooms, my problem is the source of substrates, what is available in my area are coco coir waste, is this okay?
    Yet, i need more scientific knowledge on mushrooms, i want to learn more, where can i get a DIY module in order for me start? Thank you and i appreciate your willingness to help.

  73. Rejan Caballero says:

    Hi, good day. I am really interested in mushroom farming. My concern is where to get the spawn and how to propagate. I hope the DA can provide us manuals or reading materials, or conduct seminars about mushroom farming.

  74. joseph ortiz says:

    i want to.learn more.about mushroom farming

  75. Lynette dolor says:

    I’m interested. Please send me an email. Thank you.

  76. Steve says:

    Hello. I am interested and want to learn how to do mushroom farming. I live in Negros Occidental. Thank you..

  77. Yvee says:

    I’m interested in starting a mushroom business. I’m from Central Luzon. Kindly email me the details please. Thank you very much.

  78. Ann Mallo says:

    Im interested. Is there an online seminar?

  79. Wendell says:

    Im interested please help me

  80. Catherine Cale says:

    I’m interested in mushroom business. Please let me know how I can start.
    Thank you.

  81. lorefel says:

    in interested to grow an edible mushroom.if u have manual or any reading materials on how to do plant pls send me of some.my email add satted below

  82. dhotdhot cultura says:

    pls. details more about growing mushroom, I’m interested in starting this kind of business, please more advice.

  83. Antonio Tariman jr. says:

    Naintresado ko ,where we can get proper seminar for growing mushroom?

  84. Van says:

    Hi po. I’m Van, and I’m very interested in mushroom farming. Can you please send me the details including the cost in starting up this business po? I’m new to mushroom farming. You can send it through my email address po: vcabana07@yahoo.com

    Thank you

  85. Enrico B Caganda says:

    M interested to undergo training on mushroom growing.

  86. Sherwin Cereno says:

    I’m intetested to learn about mushroom here in camarines norte please help me.

  87. Sherwin Cereno says:

    Is there any authority where can I go or apply for seminars

  88. Daryn jacinto says:

    How po mag start ng mushroom, from housing standards at iba pa..turuan nyo po ako please.

  89. Daryn jacinto says:

    How po mag start ng mushroom business?.

  90. Jem Rosero says:

    Hi, if you are interested to plant mushroom, you will be needing mushrooms spawn.

    please contact me jemalyn.rosero@gmail.com

  91. Ida says:

    Please i want to learn about mushroom business

  92. Carlos G. Garcia says:

    I’m very much interested in mushroom productions sir,kindly send me some details for a good start.Fr. Solano Nueva Vizcaya c.p.-09264835203

  93. Jonathan Zata says:

    How I can start.a mushroom.business . .do you.have a module . How much will it cost to start

  94. Hi,

    If interested po kayo sa binhi or spawn ng mushroom ay gumagawa po ako. Para po makapagtanim po kayo. Oyster mushroom, shitake ay iba pa.

    jemalyn.rosero@gmail.com

  95. dalia says:

    I am interested,how to start please send more details.thanks

  96. JR Burgos says:

    Gusto ko pong matuto ng mushroom business. Taga-Antipolo, Rizal po ako. pero sa Quezon province ko po balak itayo ang mushroom business. May seminar po ba o trainings na pwede na pwede akong umattend? sana po ay matulungan nyo ako.

  97. Jorgie Lopez says:

    Hi I’m interested can you send me more info about this pleas.

  98. Tita Bolasco says:

    I am interested to start mushroom farming, hope to learn it and you can help us regarding this. Thank you so much.

  99. Danilo M. de Lara says:

    Im very interested starting a mushroom business. pls kindly spare me the details of how to grow in proper ways pls….

  100. I want to start this kind of business I have also small knowledge on how to start the procedures and methods of doing this kind of business. What I need now is a spawn seedling. Can I buy from your farm? How much per spawn seedling? Can you deliver? By the way, where is your location? I am residing presently at Prk 5 Brgy Bigaa Cabuyao Laguna. Cp # 09614412910 or 09985915380. Please notify me or just ring me at your convenient. Thank you have a pleasant day.

  101. Aya Mercado Canonizado says:

    Hello..i am interested to start mushroom farming…is there any school or institution that i should enroll . Thanks in advance. God bless

  102. Rolando Colina says:

    i am interested to learn more and start mushroom businness in carmen bohol. can please help me? kindly send me more details @ crisllyniel_colina@yahoo.com

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