Exagris Africa Limited engaged Alex Abraham Chigoverah, a trainer from Grain Pro Zimbabwe to train MCIF project staff on how to use Grain Pro bags. The training took place on 10th Feb, 2016.
MICF is a project funded by UNPD/DFID and its objective is to increase the exports of smallholder groundnuts through innovations in storage management. The project is being carried out in Mitundu-Lilongwe and Salima.
The project is introducing 4 main technologies in the groundnut value chanin which aims at reducing levels of aflatoxin in smallholder groundnuts thereby increasing export volumes. The technologies are:
1) Centralised shelling centres
2) Decentralised aflatoxin sampling and testing,
3) Use of hermetically sealed bags (grain pro bags)
4) Development of real time stock management system which will enable the tracebility of groundnuts throughout the value chain
Aflatoxins are a family of toxins produced by certain fungi that are found on agricultural crps such as maize (corn), peanuts, cottonseed and treenuts.