Aflasafe GH02, a new agricultural bio control product to help manage aflatoxin contamination in crops and poultry was launched in Accra to ensure food security and food safety in Africa including Ghana.
Aflasafe GH02, developed by International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and its partners, contains native non-toxic strains of Aspergillus flavus that out-competes toxin-producing ones when applied in the field.
Aflatoxin is a poison produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus, which resides in soil and infects crops in the field.
Abdou Konlambigue, Managing Director, Aflasafe Technology Transfer and Commercialisation (ATTC) and IITA, said they collaborate with the private sector to organise series of training sessions across the region to equip extension officers, who are closer to the farmers to instil best agricultural practices among the farmers in addition to the application of the Aflasafe GH02.
He said it is important to intensify awareness interventions on the product as well as mobilise farmers to understand the issue. Read more