Agriculture extension boss tells farmers to be ware of Aflatoxin

By Moses Kidandi

Small holder farmers have been urged to come up with better post harvest methods of grains in Uganda in a bid to get reed of  Aflatoxin.

This was said by  the director Agriculture extension services at the ministry of Agriculture Beatrice Byarugaba .

This is a fresh warning from Government headed by the minister of Agriculture animal industries and fisheries who urging the public to avoid consumption of food contaminated with aflatoxins.

Recent research reports indicate that there is high prevalence of aflatoxins in food, beverages and feeds in Uganda.

The sensitization conference and public awareness campaign against the deadly virus is expected to be launched tomorrow by President Yoweri Museveni in Kampala.

Agriculture minister Vincent Sempija says when the food contaminated with aflatoxins is consumed by humans, it increases the risk of getting liver cancer, reduces immunity and causes digestive disorders, low birth weight and impaired child growth.