USAID’s Southern Africa Trade Hub awarded a US$65,000 grant to Intertek SA to establish a facility to test for aflatoxin and other mycotoxins in Beira, Mozambique. Intertek provided the balance required to establish a state-of-the art laboratory testing facility in Mozambique, which is now open for business.
Reducing the time and cost of testing for aflatoxin and mycotoxins helps improve the standards and quality of groundnuts and other cereals being produced for both domestic and local markets.
The testing equipment at Intertek’s Beira facility acquired with the assistance of the Trade Hub is the first of its kind in Africa, with a capacity of 300 samples per 24-hour period. To fully utilize the new facilities, Intertek is advertising the aflatoxin testing services to the whole of Africa at promotional prices of between US$16 and US$20 per test.
Photo: Intertek Mozambique Country Manager Dawie Du Plessis branding the HPCL machine acquired through the grant