Farms springing up like mushrooms

Farmers in Dabaishe village, in Guangzong county of north China's Hebei province, are growing reishi mushrooms in greenhouses to help boost their incomes.

The reishi mushroom is believed to have anti-ageing properties as well as other medicinal benefits, and is highly prized as a major tonic in traditional Chinese medicine.

While no conclusive studies have been done on its health benefits, tonics made from the mushroom are often drunk in China for conditions such as arthritis and the common cold.

Currently, the planting area for reishi mushrooms in Dabaishe village has reached about 7ha, with more than 120 villagers employed in the farming process.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 22, 2018, with the headline 'Farms springing up like mushrooms'. Subscribe