FAO, others commence countrywide farmer sensitisation on aflatoxin mitigation

Friday, August 23, 2019

Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the Food Safety and Quality Authority (FSQA), National Research Institute (NARI) and agriculture and health officials, Tuesday commenced a countrywide farmer sensitisation on the dangers of aflatoxin and its mitigation.

Conducting under the European Union Agriculture for Economic Growth (AEG) project and implemented by FAO, the sensitisation targets farmers in Jarra Soma, Bureng, Brikamaba, Bansang, Basse, Farafenni and Wassu.

Speaking to journalists at a meeting in Brikamaba, FAO national consultant Dr. Faye Manneh said the team will sensitise farmers and people on the dangers of aflatoxin consumption and mitigation in terms of management practices.

“FAO has given seeds to ten thousand farmers and use a holistic approach to increase the production and productivity of groundnut in this country.”

Dr. Manneh said the sensitisation will enable farmers to understand the dangers of aflatoxin and some of the strategies they can apply to control it in their groundnuts, observing that aflatoxin attacks different crops like groundnut, maize and cassava, but the main targets are groundnut, maize and rice. “And these are the main commodity crops that are produced in this country in terms of consumption and cash.”

The sensitisation caravan uses drama groups to sensitise the people. Last year, FAO trained members of the Mandinka drama group Fansu Jamano to develop a message in the form of a drama that would attract many people to listen.

Yerro Mballow, former National Assembly member of Lower Fulladu West thanked the sensitisation team, calling it a good move. He suggest for more sensitisation on the dangers of aflatoxin.

Author: Njie Baldeh