SODEFITEX has expressed the desire to manufacture and distribute Aflasafe SN01 in Senegal to reduce cost of importation.
IITA will license the product to SODEFITEX and together with USDA-ARS help set up an aflasafe manufacturing plant as well as assist the company in manufacturing, distribution, and marketing of Aflasafe in Senegal.
This year, the Société de développement et des fibres textiles (SODEFITEX), an agribusiness enterprise, imported 40 tons of Aflasafe SN01 from IITA, Nigeria, for use in Senegal.
It also imported 8 tons in 2014 and 16 tons in 2015.
The National Food Securrity Processing and Marketing, formerly Gambia Groundnut Corporation, is importing another 20 tons for use in The Gambia.
These two companies will provide Aflasafe SN01 at cost to their consituent farmers to make groundnut and maize meet aflatoxin standards.
Aflatoxin has become a huge constraint to groundnut export to the European Union market as in both Senegal and the Gambia contamination is beyond the regulatory limit (4 parts per billion).
At the same time liver cancer in relation to aflatoxin contamination in the Senegal peanut basin has become a public health problem that needs to be addressed.
This provides farmers an effective tool for tackling a menace which poses serious dangers to human health and is inimical to farmers’ livelihoods.
However, since only native strains are used in Aflasafe, commercialization of Aflasafe SN01 for the moment will happen only in Senegal and The Gambia.