The federal government urged farmers to boost consciousness about post-harvest remedy

Harris Marley
Harris Marley

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Legislators have referred to as for sufficient consciousness elevating about correct post-harvest dealing with and administration methods to scale back the toxicity burden farmers face.

The decision was made by a movement to deal with the challenges of mycotoxin contamination filed by Hon. Martin Ojara Mapenduzi (Indep., Bardege-Layibi Division) on Tuesday, July 18, 2023.

Mapenduzi famous that mycotoxins, together with aflatoxins, have an effect on the standard of grains produced by farmers, which in flip impacts Uganda’s competitiveness within the regional and international market.

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“There have been discussions on this Home about items seized in South Sudan when our merchants began doing enterprise. These items have been largely seized because of contamination with mycotoxins,” says Mapenduzi.

A mycotoxin is a poisonous secondary compound produced by fungi and might trigger sickness and dying in each people and different animals. The time period “mycotoxin” is often reserved for the poisonous chemical substances produced by fungi that readily colonize crops.

He mentioned it’s important that farmers in northern Uganda and throughout the nation are skilled to undertake good agricultural practices, notably to keep away from mycotoxins throughout harvesting.

Mapenduzi knowledgeable Parliament that Gulu College has arrange a mycotoxin testing laboratory with funding from the Belgian authorities program VLIROUS, which has instruments that help the monitoring of mycotoxin contamination.

“The federal government ought to help Gulu College’s Multipurpose Laboratory to scale up measures to scale back the burden of mycotoxins and its implications,” he added.

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Mapenduzi mentioned mycotoxin contamination creates meals questions of safety that have an effect on people and animals, resulting in ailments akin to liver most cancers.

Hon. George Bhoka Didi (NRM, Obongi County) mentioned elevating consciousness about meals contamination will go a great distance in guaranteeing meals security and added that the Ministry of Well being ought to look into this.

“We have to study our authorized and regulatory framework relating to drug and meals toxicity, evaluation and surveillance,” added Bhoka Didi.

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Hon. Anthony Aabuka (NRM, Lamwo County) attributed instances of mycotoxin contamination to poor meals storage and really helpful {that a} Nationwide Cereals and Different Produce Board take up the problem.

“The issue of aflatoxin, product sorting and requirements might be utilized to a division, identical to Kenya and Tanzania do. They’ve silos for storing and sorting merchandise. We had a product advertising and marketing company on this nation, however I do not see it work,” Aabuka mentioned.

The speaker, Anita Amongst, directed the agriculture and well being committees to assessment the movement and report back to the Home inside two months.

She additionally careworn the necessity for a nationwide assessment by related meals security stakeholders.

“We additionally must assessment the post-handling methods utilized by our farmers and have a look at bettering current security measures,” Amongst mentioned.

The Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Frank Tumwebaze urged Parliament to help Nationwide Agricultural Analysis Group (NARO) initiatives to fight aflatoxins.

“NARO produced an answer referred to as ‘Aflasafe’ to curb aflatoxins, however they haven’t acquired sufficient funding to multiply it. We’ll get NARO to clarify to the committee the way it will remedy the issue,” Tumwebaze mentioned.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of the Parliament of the Republic of Uganda.

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