Researchers push for adoption of biotechnology to fight aflatoxin

Moses Muiru (left), a maize trader in Elburgon, Nakuru County, checks the moisture level of the produce in his store on November 7, 2019. 

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What you need to know:

  • Agriculture PS Hamadi Boga also observed that biotechnology can provide a solution to the aflatoxin menace in maize, the country's staple food.
  • Maize infested by pests such as fall armyworm is exposed to fungi infestation, which in turn releases aflatoxin.

Researchers are pushing for use of biotechnology to tackle aflatoxin in maize and other crops, which results in a drop in production.

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