Quality and safety services company Intertek recently established an Agricultural Testing Laboratory in Beira, Mozambique for chemical and microbiological testing. The grant from USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub is enabling Intertek to upgrade the laboratory with aflatoxin and wet chemistry testing services, which will give commercial traders the opportunity to have analysis done in-country at faster and more economical rates.
The development of certified agricultural lab services in Mozambique by Intertek will provide important agribusiness services including aflatoxin testing, grain lab services, and independent arbitration services, supporting Mozambique’s agricultural sector.
- The intervention is designed to improve standards and quality as well as food nutrition and safety, reducing exposure to potentially toxic risks in the food chain in Mozambique.
- The Intertek laboratory upgrade will enhance the competitiveness of Mozambique’s agriculture by making regional trade easier.
- Key direct beneficiaries are commercial grain and oil seed traders who will be able to test their products locally, receiving results more quickly at a lower cost.
- Indirect beneficiaries are the smallholder farmers who benefit from increased trade and a more competitive agricultural sector in Mozambique.
Results and Outcomes
- The new high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) aflatoxin testing machine was commissioned at the Beira Intertek agricultural laboratory on September 22, 2015.
- It is anticipated that the new aflatoxin testing machine will reduce the testing cost from US$120 per test (conducted in South Africa) to about US$16 per test in Beira.