Limbikani Matumba, Lazarus Singano, Bruno Tran, Mweshi Mukanga, Beatrice Makwenda, Wycliffe Kumwenda, Sharif Mgwira, Sam Phiri, Frazer Mataya, Talentus Mthunzi, Sharon Alfred, Tshilidzi Madzivhandila, Jonas Mugabe, Ben Bennett, Tim Chancellor
Elsevier Crop Protection Volume 112, October 2018, Pages 18–23
- For two consecutive years, farmers (2016, n = 29; 2017; n = 26) were recruited to test each of the two drying techniques.
- A mixed-design ANOVA showed that the Mandela cock groundnut drying technique led to significantly (p < 0.001) higher aflatoxin levels in groundnut seed compared to the traditional inverted windrow drying (5.7 μg/kg, geometric mean vs 2.5 μg/kg in 2016 and 37.6 μg/kg vs 8.4 μg/kg in 2017).
The present findings clearly demonstrate the need for regulation and technology validation if farmers and consumers are to benefit.
- video Managing aflatoxins in groundnuts during drying and storage
- slide player video Aflatoxin In Malawi: Prevalence, Actions and Way Forward
- The government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism, has produced a video documentary to sensitize the public on the causes, risks, prevention and control of aflatoxins. The video documentary will be accessible online via the PACA website.
The African Forum for Agricultural Advisory Services (AFAAS) backstopped and facilitated by the Centre for Agricultural Extension and Rural Development (AGRIDEA) on behalf of the project Postharvest Management in Sub-Saharan Africa (PHM-SSA) will hold two webinars:
- the first Webinar on Tuesday 5th June 2018
- and the second Webinar on Tuesday 4th September 2018,
- all from 14:00-16:00 East African Time (12:00-14:00 West African Time and 13:00 to 15:00 South African/Central European time).
- The webinars will feature specialized panelists on the topic including:
Raphael Dischl from Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation
Limbikani Mutumba /Joao Mutondo from Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN)
This post was originally published at PAEPARD by François Stepman. It has been republished here with permission.