South Africa is facing a drought in various parts of the country, this has placed the straw farmers at risk who supply the mushroom farms with straw to make compost. A second area of concern is the avian bird flu which has placed chicken manure part of the compost mix also at risk. Lichen Group has been forwarding thinking and secured the agency for Sub Sahara Africa and the SADC region. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is an inter-governmental organization headquartered in Gaborone, Botswana. Its goal is to further socio-economic cooperation and integration as well as political and security cooperation among 16 southern African states.
The main focus of Shasta BV is to license its patented “BBOS” technology (Big Bales of Substrate) and to import & export mushroom substrate worldwide. The “BBOS” technology is mainly applied to phase 3 button mushroom compost.
This unique process makes it possible to have large volumes of mushroom substrate (phase 3 compost) pressed in bales of 1,500 kg (on pallets) which can then be transported cost effectively worldwide. On a country to country basis Shasta BV can either license the technology and/or we can export/distribute phase 3 compost to button mushroom farms worldwide.
This new patented technology, BBOS, reduces costs in several ways. By operating with big bales, instead of the more traditional small blocks, we can save transportation cost and cooling cost. Further, at the receiving end, handling costs are strongly reduced, by using a forklift for unloading big bales instead of unloading and handling many small blocks. BBOS translates directly into cost savings and increased efficiencies which makes it possible to import phase 3 substrate and to cultivate button mushrooms without making a multimillion US$ investment in a compost yard.
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