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Tuesday, 04 August 2015

East Africa approves Aflasafe for food security

In recent years, Aflatoxin contamination in food grain and feed in Kenya has become a major health concern. However, Kenya recently approved the use of Aflasafe - a product that combats aflatoxin poisoning - by farmers. This decision is expected to have a major impact in the agricultural, public health and trade sectors. This builds on ongoing work by the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, which already dedicated Ksh1.5 billion ($15 million) for aflatoxin mitigation in the country. The Pest Control Board approved the registration of Aflasafe, which was developed by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock research Organisation, with the support of United States Agency for International Development, USDA-Foreign Agriculture Service, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Agriculture Technology Foundation (AATF), and the CGIAR Research Programme on Agriculture for Nutrition & Health.

Source: allafrica.com