Farmers advised t o dry their maize harvest to avoid aflatoxin

The Kangundo Agricultural Officer (AO), Mr. Benson Kariuki has cautioned the area farmers against storing their maize harvest while still wet in order to avoid aflatoxin.

Addressing the farmers on Wednesday in Kangundo town, Kariuki stressed that readily harvested green maize could not be stored as this would lead to the rotting of the produce which would be unfit for human consumption.

“I have seen farmers harvesting their green maize as the rains continue. If the maize is not dried well before storage it will grow fungi that cause aflatoxin”, warned Kariuki.

The Agriculturist noted that aflatoxins are attributed mostly to poor drying techniques adopted by the farmers where the poisonous fungi mostly affect maize, cassava and groundnuts.

Kariuki advised the farmers to desist from selling all the maize at throw away prices and instead to dry the same properly before storage so as to avoid hunger during the dry season.

He observed that once they did this they ended up buying the same maize at higher prices due to lack of advance planning.

By Fatuma Jumeah

Source: Kenya News Agency