By Albert Futukpor, GNA
(N/R), April 14, GNA – The Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) has sensitised
farmers and other stakeholders in the agricultural sector in the Northern, North
East and Savannah regions on the causes and effects of aflatoxin, and how to
reduce its contamination of grains.
formed part of the National Aflatoxin Sensitization and Management (NASAM)
project, being undertaken by the GSA, with support from Alliance for Green
Revolution in Africa to ensure improved production and handling of grains in
the country for food safety and security.
Dontoh, the Head of Mycotoxins Laboratory at GSA, who spoke during the forum at
Nyankpala, near Tamale, explained that aflatoxins were natural toxins produced
from moulds naturally found in the air, soil, on insects and plants.
aflatoxins were present in grains such as groundnuts, maize, and sorghum and
caused various diseases including cancer.
international markets, including the European Union, have been rejecting grains
from the country because of the detection of the presence of aflatoxins in
Agbetiameh, the Technical Consultant for the Aflasafe Technology Transfer and
Commercialization Project, advised farmers and agricultural value-chain actors
to ensure improved storage system for grains to provide protection against
advised farmers to sort out their produce to remove insects and spoilt grains
to reduce aflatoxin levels in them.
Okoree, the Director of Standards at GSA, said the sensitisation was to help
make grains safe for consumption while improving their market value.
She said this
would also translate to high incomes for farmers urging them to adhere to good
agricultural practices to reduce aflatoxin contamination of grains.
Iddi, a maize and groundnut farmer from Kasuliyili in the Tolon District,
expressed appreciation to GSA for sensitising them on best agricultural
practices to reduce aflatoxin contamination.
He said he
would improve his cropping operations from land preparation to storage to