In coordination with INVC and Universal Industries, USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub held two one-day workshops in Blantyre and Lilongwe to showcase “Blue Box” technology as a way of controlling aflatoxin levels in stored groundnuts and other cereals. The Blue Box is a precision tool kit, composed of sampling and testing instruments as well as chemicals, that provides on the spot quality control to monitor crop or grain condition. It can be used both in the field and in storage facilities at any level and comes with full service backup and training.
Processors, storage operators, commodity exchanges, farmer organizations and farmers attended the workshops, and representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce also participated. A wide array of companies were represented including Ex-Agris, Valid Nutrition, Estrell Trading, ACE, RUMARK, PIAM, Khumbanyiwa Investments, and SIGUBA. After demonstrations of the product, participants made direct inquiries with the Intertek representative to place orders or request further information.
Photo: The Blue Box is a mobile unit that can be used anywhere aflatoxin needs to be detected quickly and effectively