Reducing Postharvest loss project donates equipment to set up mycotoxin testing hubs in Nigeria
In a ceremony held on 29 November at IITA-Abuja, IITA Associate Scientist Titilayo Falade and Acting Head of Abuja Station Prakash Kant Silwal handed over mycotoxin testing equipment (Neogen® Raptor) and accessories worth $13,000 to private and public sector partners: Coopetition Forum for Aflatoxin Reduced Agricultural Products (CFARAP) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC). The equipment donation was facilitated with funding from the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) and HarvestPlus as part of the project, Reducing Post Harvest Loss Across Vitamin A Maize and Cassava Value Chains in Nigeria.
While receiving the delegation, Silwal spoke about the innovative work on aflatoxin management by IITA’s team and congratulated Falade for the project’s contribution to addressing food safety needs, especially aflatoxin management in Nigeria. He mentioned that this equipment would complement the activities of CFARAP and NAFDAC and thanked the organizations for their partnership in aflatoxin mitigation. Silwal further appreciated the donors for making funds available to donate the mycotoxin testing equipment to NAFDAC and CFARAP.