DETERMINATION PAYS OFF: Despite several failed attempts, Salleh Mahmud continued to pursue his interest with help from Mardi
WHAT started off as a hobby for 54-year-old Salleh Mahmud has made him one of Johor's largest fresh mushroom suppliers.
In 2009, Salleh began taking an interest in growing mushrooms in cylinders, which ensure freshness and easy maintenance.
He grew the mushrooms within a confined space at his house in Kampung Parit, Bagan Laut, Rengit, here.
The mushrooms grew and he then shared them with his neighbours.
Seeing their rapid growth, Salleh decided to go commercial.
With a RM500 capital outlay, he converted his garage into a mushroom nursery.
However, he failed miserably when he used the wrong techniques.
Despite Salleh's failure over several attempts to commercialise his hobby, he never gave up.
He took up courses with the Malaysian Agricultural Research and Development Institute (Mardi) on mushroom growing using the proper techniques.
Since then, there was nothing stopping him in reaching his goals.
Barely a year later, Salleh became one of the agents under Mardi, and his business prospered.
Today, Salleh can produce 12,000 bags of mushrooms a day.
The entrepreneur said that for those who are seriously interested into taking up mushroom growing, the key element revolves using proper techniques, because the way it is grown and the environment both play vital roles.
Salleh added that one should attend the free courses provided by Mardi before venturing into the business.