Mushroom Growing Resources in Kenya

This is a highly disorganised collection of resources relating to mushroom growing and training in Kenya. If some of the information is out of date, it would help everybody if you leave a comment at the bottom. Also, if you know of a training course, perhaps you would also leave a comment.

The Agricultural Information Resource Centre (AIRC), Ministry of Agriculture, Kenya (email: published in 2009 a colour  booklet entitled ‘Guide to Growing Mushroom’. COSDEP grows oyster mushroom for sale and training purposes. They also sell mushroom substrate  to farmers. Being near to Nairobi which is the main market of this useful product is an added advantage. They also give mushroom production as a course to farmers upon arrangements. Tel No: +254722460769 or +254708183547. Email: or

Benflex were providing materials. Call for booking & more information: BENFLEX INDUSTRIES LTD, Tel: 821178/9, 0714 276626, Email:

Fully Certified Mushroom Growing Course

Due to public demand, the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has developed a comprehensive training programme at the University Campus for training in growing of the most popular mushrooms.

Course Dates for 2012:

  • OCT 24-26, NOV 21-23, DEC 05-07

Course Charges
KShs. 10,000/= per a participant Accommodation and meals – each participant to make own arrangement. CALL FOR MORE DETAILS: 0724256696 / 0736524200

According to Grace Wanene, you can purchase ready made sterilized substrate from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology at Juja, 36 km northeast of Nairobi, along Thika-Nairobi Superhighway. Moi University at Chepkoilel sells hybrid mushroom spawns.

Alex Njenga is on Radio Inooro, Coro, Kameme and KBC (Mali Shambani and Sikio ya Mkulima) and is a keen promoter of mushroom farming.

In 2008, I bought the excellent “The Mushroom Manifesto” as a .pdf from, but regrettably their website has closed. If anybody knows where the copyright holder is, I would be interested in republishing it. While on the subject of books, I cannot recommend those by Paul Stamets highly enough. “Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms” is not cheap, (around 2000/- if you can find a copy) but it’s an enormous resource to have.

Lastly, try ringing nearby universities. I’m sure I have seen extension programmes in the past – and if you find something do share it with everybody with a comment below 🙂


Oyster Mushroom Training Manual

Video about their Oyster Mushroom Training Manual from BioSafe Technologies (, +254 729248)

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