Pre-empting aflatoxin contamination in legume and cereal farming systems in Northern Nigeria: Case study of the groundnut value chain uri icon

abstract

  • The current emphasis by the government of Nigeria on boosting . agricultural productivityrequires actors of the agricultural sector to develop sustainable agro-allied technologies thatcould enhance the quality of crop-livestock products. Aflatoxin is reported to be a majorchallenge of many legume and cereal value chains with potentially negative impacts on productmarketing, and the health of people and livestock. This study presents preliminary results ofpre-emptive measures being undertaken by the International Crops Research Institute for theSemi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and national partners on the management of Aflatoxincontamination in the Groundnut Value Chain in selected States of Northern Nigeria. Acombination of complementary approaches is being used to pre-empt aflatoxin contaminationin the groundnut value chain. These include, the organization of Training of Trainers (ToT)workshops, development of aptitudes in the detection of aflatoxin levels, demonstration of onfarmoptions for managing aflatoxin contamination, production of pedagogic materials tosupport awareness raising campaigns, engagement of media organs to sustain awareness on thechallenges of aflatoxin contamination, and evaluation of aflatoxin groundnut resistantgenotypes. Above all, a total of 250 samples of groundnut and groundnut-based products havebeen collected from 16 out of the 19 States in Northern Nigeria to determine the prevalence anddistribution of aflatoxin contamination. This paper presents progress on the outcomes of theseinterventions

publication date

  • 2016