Farmers get sensitised on effects of mycotoxins

Ene Okwanihe, Abuja

The Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine service has organised a one day sensitization workshop to sensitize farmers, food handlers and all relevant stakeholders in the agriculture sectors on the harmful effects of mycotoxin contaminants to agricultural commodities in Abuja, Nigeria’s Capital.

Speaking at the workshop, the minister of State for Agriculture and rural development Dr. Heieneken Lokpobiri , who was represented by the Special Assistant on Administration Barr. Enene Amber said the workshop is meant to sensitise farmers and stakeholders on the negative impact of Mycotoxin contamination in Agriculture, Health and trade.

Dr. Lokpobiri said “over the years, Agricultral products have been exposed to pesticide residues and mycotoxins producing fungi resulting in several rejections of some of our agricultural produce by some trading partners particularly the European Union”

He said for the farmers, the workshop is timely as it is harvest season in the country adding that the knowledge from the workshop will be of immense benefit to them and society at large.

‘I urge you all, farmers, processors, feed producers and other participants to convey and spread the information on the detrimental effects of consuming moldy product to the grassroots”

It is very necessary for the farmers and stakeholder to note that Nigeria has tropical climate with an all year round high temperature and relative high humidity……

Therefore, the only way out of these adverse climatic factors on the Agricultural produce is to apply best agricultural practices at all material time.

While delivering his welcome address the Coordinating Director, Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine service Dr. Vincent Isegbe, said the ministry and the agency is doing everything possible within its limited resources to assist farmers in many ways especially when it affects crops during storage.

He said it is also partnering with relevant stakeholders in food production, processing, storage and handling along the food value chains to ensure that only safe food gets to the consumers table as well as boost trade and quality of our agricultural produce.