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Museveni Rallies African Leaders to Fight Aflatoxins

Yoweri Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has called upon all African Leaders to join the fight against Aflatoxins saying that they pose great risk to the health of the African population, buy more about http://cieboucheabouche.com/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/tmpl/category.php Agriculture and Trade Sectors of the continent.

Aflatoxins are poisonous and cancer causing chemicals, approved produced by Fungi which grow in soil or decaying vegetation. They are normally found in improperly stored staple commodities like cassava, cotton, sorghum, maize among others.

Museveni said the impacts of these chemicals, if not fought could result in adverse effects on African economies and the general well-being of the African society, particularly through hampering the strides made towards the achievement of the African Vision 2063.

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“The aflatoxin problem is widespread on the continent, affecting nearly 25 percent of food produced in Africa. It is estimated that the African continent loses USD 450 – 670 million annually in export earnings due to aflatoxins,” he said.

The President was Wednesday speaking at the second Perishable Agriculture Commodities Act (PACA) meeting currently taking place in Entebbe.

He expressed his concern about the recent aflatoxin outbreaks in Kenya and Tanzania which have resulted in the loss of human life, pledging support for them.

“I would like to assure our brothers and sisters that Uganda will support them and share the experiences, expertise and knowledge that our country has gained in mitigating aflatoxins,” Museveni said.

“No single country, organization or ministry can face the challenge of aflatoxins alone. We need to lay down clear strategies coupled with well-designed roadmaps and involving all stakeholders to take on the mitigation responsibilities in a sustainable and accountable approach.”

Museveni lauded the Council of Ministers of Agriculture and Ministers of Trade, who institutionalized PACA saying that a continent-wide approach to a common problem not only brings people together in a united front to face a common challenge but also provides a model that can be replicated in the management of other existing continental challenges.

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