Collection of wild medicinal herbs, forest fruits, and mushrooms can become an additional source of income for many
The Sweden/USAID FARMA II project issued today on its website a Manual for the Collection of Medicinal Herbs and Mushrooms in BiH. It is intended for companies that buy these raw materials from the collectors, active collectors themselves, and all those who wish to engage in the collection of herbs and mushrooms value chain and make extra profit.
Production of medicinal and aromatic herbs is an important sector of the agriculture in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The majority of revenues are generated from the collection of wild herbs and mushrooms, including more than BAM 25 million in exports per year.
The Manual for Medicinal Herbs and Mushrooms Collectors in BiH is coming out at the right time, as it is now the collection session for many herbs, and many of those who had unfortunately lost their jobs due to pandemic, may choose to start collecting herbs and mushrooms to generate income.
In addition to the guidance and description of 86 herbs and ten mushrooms, the manual also includes information about four poisonous herbs and five poisonous mushrooms that are often mistaken for consumable ones.
Since 2016, Sweden/USAID FARMA II project has assisted over 50 companies that process medicinal and aromatic herbs, forest fruit and mushrooms, by either helping them buy necessary equipment or through education of their staff and export promotion of their products. Also, the project has worked with more than 500 individual farmers and collectors to help them increased their yields and incomes.
The Manual (in local language) can be accessed here. It will also be produced in 500 hard copies and distributed to collectors.