Firm To Curb Aflatoxin In Maize, Groundnut

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Harvestfield Industries Limited has moved to curb aflatoxin in maize that forced regulators to confiscate grain and prevent its entrance into the market.

Aflatoxins are poisonous and cancer-causing molds that can lead to stunting in children and severe health problems in adults.

They are found in improperly stored commodities, such as maize, cassava, millet, rice, sorghum, and wheat.

According to the Agribusiness specialists, aflatoxin, a toxin caused by fungi, Aspergillusflavus, and Parasiticus Fungus, is produced as a by-product of the metabolism of the fungi that thrives in farm produce because of high moisture content.

Maize and groundnut are particularly susceptible to aflatoxin accumulation, but crops such as oilseeds, cassava, yam, rice and others can be affected as well.

It has been a major challenge to the cereals production value chain and affects the fortunes of farmers.

A statement from Harvestfield Industries Limited said it has embarked on a nationwide farmers sensitisation on how to apply aflasafe® product for effective control of aflatoxin in maize and groundnut.

To create national impact, the company has constituted seven technical teams which comprise scientists from the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Federal Department of Agriculture (FDA), National Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS), and Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA) as well as agricultural extension officers from states and local government areas in the six geo-political regions.




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