The compost supply of each producer is planned and this scheduling directly affects mushroom supply.
During the summer CMP liaises with members for up to a 20% reduction in compost in May and June, to match a seasonal dip in demand for June and July.
CMP is currently developing an improved forecasting system to assist our members supply us with accurate information on mushroom production, up to 6 weeks forward.
CMP monitors the mushroom production by compiling weekly compost fills to each member. This is used to project the expected volume of mushroom production.
During the summer months, there is a seasonal drop in demand for mushrooms. To avoid oversupply, CMP plan a summer cropping schedule for members in conjunction with end customers anticipated requirements.
In the last two years, CMP reduced compost fills to members over a 10 week period to reduce mushroom supply in July and August. This helps stabilise prices by curtailing supply in periods of known weak demand.
We have set up an SMS text messaging system to advise producers at critical cropping periods. This is used pre-Christmas to guide producers through changes to normal cropping patterns to meet Christmas demand.