Aflasafe plant begins test run in Nigeria

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A manufacturing plant for the production of aflasafe is currently undergoing a test run at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) Ibadan, capital of Nigeria's South West Oyo State.

Aflasafe is a cost-effective, safe, and natural method for preventing the formation of aflatoxin in maize and other susceptible commodities in the field and also in post-harvest storage and processing. It is providing hope for African farmers and opening doors for entrepreneurs looking to invest on a winning formula in the agricultural sector.

It is a biological control product, which utilizes non-toxic strains of native beneficial fungi to reduce aflatoxin contamination.

According to the first edition of Aflatoxin Partnership Newsletter, made available to PANA here on Wednesday, the manufacturing outfit is based on a design prepared by IITA and the Agriculture Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA-ARS).

The quarterly Newsletter is produced by Partnership for Aflatoxin Control in Africa (PACA), an organization set up last October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to lead the fight against aflatoxins on the continent.

“The state of the art facility will have the capacity to produce 5 tons of aflasafe per hour. Located on the IITA campus in Ibadan, Nigeria, the objectives of the facility are to demonstrate and provide blueprint for aflasafe production to potential manufacturers in Africa; produce aflasafe products for various countries to fulfill current demand; and refine and improve the manufacturing process”, the Newsletter said.
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