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Agripreneurs Level of Readiness for Environmentally-Friendly Mushroom Cultivation Waste Management

Rosmiza M. Z., Rosniza Aznie Che Rose, Harifah Mohd Noor, Jabil Mapjabil, Mazdi Marzuki and Christina Andin
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Rosmiza M. Z.: Geography Program, Center for Research in Development, Social and Environment, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia.
Rosniza Aznie Che Rose: Geography Program, Center for Research in Development, Social and Environment, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia.
Harifah Mohd Noor: Geography Program, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia.
Jabil Mapjabil: Unit for Ethnography, Research and Development, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia.
Mazdi Marzuki: Department of Geography and Environment, Faculty of Humanities Sciences, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia.
Christina Andin: Faculty of Psychology and Education, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia.

Journal of Asian Scientific Research, 2020, vol. 10, issue 3, 131-140

Abstract: Mushrooms are considered as an environmentally-friendly crops by using agricultural waste as substrate, while spent mushroom substrate (SMS) is reusable. However, mushroom cultivation waste (MCW) to be managed in environmentally-friendly is not much practiced by agripreneurs that led impact to the environment. Therefore, this study attempts to evaluate the level of agripreneurs? readiness on environmentally-friendly management in post-harvest stage. It also evaluated the method of obtaining information regarding MCW management. Survey and interview were conducted involving 40 agripreneurs who were participants of the Young Mushroom Agripreneur Project Package Course. The results showed that agripreneurs knew and aware of caring the environmental quality when dealing with MCW, but most of them did not manage in a proper way, despite received advices from agency. Expanding agripreneurs awareness, skills capabilities in post-harvest techniques, and building-up networking with agencies and small-scale entrepreneur could essential strategies to manage MCW. This potentially increased agripreneurs? income by reducing the input cost, generating side income and improve the environment.

Keywords: Agripreneur; Environmentally-friendly; Mushroom bag; Mushroom; Mushroom cultivation waste; Spent mushroom substrate. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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