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Toxic scrub introduced to solve problematic aflatoxins

Danish investors are giving Ugandan farmers and cereal dealers a ray of hope after unveiling a technology that eliminates Aflatoxins in maize, groundnuts and sorghum. The Toxic Scrub kills the fungicidal effect created by the effects of the ozone.

Uganda is among the countries in Africa that have over the years struggled with the increase of aflatoxins in maize and groundnuts, which recently forced Kenya to ban all maize imports from Uganda, citing the associated health concerns which are partly due to the hot and humid climate experienced in the East African region.

But as the country wait for the farmers to enforce the best farming practices, Danish investors have intervened with a modern technology to aid the fight against aflatoxins.

Peer Hansen a biochemist with Igrain says there is a lot this machine can do starting from measuring temperature versus moisture among others.

“This machine uses a process that involves measuring temperature, moisture and carbon dioxide and other parameters so we can keep the grain in a good condition.”

The Toxic Scrub technology from Denmark according to the Biochemist will eliminate all the aflatoxins and mycotoxins in maize grain among others and on a large scale.

“It also eradicates the aflatoxins should they be found in the grains. The toxic scrab machine works on all impurities and all mycotoxins including aflatoxins and others so that can get safe good.”

“With this technology, we are able to treat anything from 2 to 30 tonnes grains per hour of grain commodities like maize, sorghum, groundnuts, wheat, beans which all can be completely be detoxified with the toxic scrubbing machine which we use primarily to eradicate those toxic molecules.”

The toxic scrub technology uses an ozonation process, which helps in the food industry as a sanitiser. However, it is not technology for the small-scale farmers according to the proprietors with the first batch expected to arrive in the country in august this year.

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