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Aflatoxin imageBy Agric-Tech - October 31, 2018
An agricultural expert, Ismail Olawale, has raised alarm over the outbreak of aflatoxins in local agricultural produce.
Olawale, a researcher at the National Agricultural Extension and Research Liaison Services (NAERLS), revealed this in Lagos.
He disclosed that numerous agricultural produce were contaminated by the fungi which he said should be monitored and diminished.
In his words, “There are numerous ways aflatoxins contaminate agriculture produce. These crops can be contaminated from the soil, during harvest or even via storage.
“Aflatoxins can also infect the crops through animal manure such as cow dung, donkey dung etc, if not properly administered.”
“We usually advice local farmers to be cautious during the harvest of their crops, they should ensure minimal contact of the crops with the ground.
We also counsel local farmers that harvested crop produce should be stored one meter or two above ground level to avoid aflatoxin contamination”. He said
The expert called on the National Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), and other regulatory bodies for proper inspection of agricultural produce.
Aflatoxin is produced by two prominent fungi, Aspergillus flavus and Aspergillus parasiticus, found mainly in warm and humid regions of the world.
Aflatoxins are family of toxins produced by certain fungi that are found on agricultural crops such as corn, peanuts, cottonseed etc.
The fungi are a major cause of stunting in children and cancer of the liver in adults.
http://agricnation.com.ng/2018/10/31/expert-raises-alarm-on-aflatoxins-outbreak/

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