South African Mushroom Farmers Association

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The South African Mushroom Farmers’ Association (SAMFA) is the leading mushroom body of SA, and aims to promote the commercial farming and production of mushrooms throughout South Africa.

SA Mushroom Farmers Association was established in 1989, and has since been the authoritative voice of the fresh mushroom industry. They promote the cultivation of various types of mushrooms, as well as the dissemination of information related to growing mushrooms, crop management and marketing. They have also been instrumental in establishing a relationship between SA Mushroom Farmers Association members and relevant industry bodies on both a national and international scale. 

Commercial mushroom farming in South Africa started in the Gauteng province during the 1950s. Over the past few decades, it has become a lucrative agricultural sector, as consumers have started using different varieties of mushrooms in cooking.

It has become a popular food source for vegetarians as a meat replacement, and for those interested in the culinary arts, wanting to add a new flavour to their meals.

SA Mushroom Farmers Association continuously nurtures relationships with food, lifestyle and health editors, ensuring that they have the latest information on all aspects of mushrooms including developments in the increasingly important health arena.

Furthermore, they are committed to teaching new consumers about the benefits of eating mushrooms - mushrooms are a good source of vitamin B, protein and fibre, as well as a powerful antioxidant called selenium, which helps to support the immune system and prevent damage to cells and tissues.

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