Policymakers approve Aflasafe testing in Burundi
IITA-Burundi officially unveiled Aflasafe by presenting two Aflasafe products—Aflasafe BU01, a country-specific product, and Aflasafe KE01, the regional product—for field testing in Burundi. The Institute presented the products to stakeholders at the IITA-Burundi office in April.
The IITA Country Representative, Emmanuel Njukwe, urged national and development partners to adopt practices that minimize aflatoxin contamination, particularly in maize and groundnut. Subject matter experts explained the results of the laboratory work on isolating non-toxic Aspergillus spp. from Burundi. The products were handed over to the Ministry of Environment, Agriculture, and Livestock, represented by Eliachim Sakayoya.
In attendance were representatives from the Institut des Sciences Agronomiques du Burundi (ISABU), Direction de la Protection des Végétaux (DPV), Organisation Nationale de Contrôle et de Certification des Semences (ONCCS), Centre National de Technologie Alimentaire (CNTA), Projet Régional de Développement Agricole Intégré dans les Grands Lacs (PRDAIGL), Direction Générale de l’Agriculture (DGA), Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, and the IITA-Burundi research and management team.