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Lab detecting toxic items in agri products opens

Lab detecting toxic items in agri products opens

Nov 30, 2015 - 19:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Agricultureinfo-icon, Livestock and Irrigation (MALI) on Monday said a laboratory detecting mycotoxins in agriculture projects has been inaugurated in capital Kabul.

A MALI statement said the laboratory was very important for detecting toxic items in agriculture products and diseases as well for research and study on diseases.

The laboratory costing $80,000 financed by USAIDinfo-icon has been established at the Badam Bagh Research Farm in Kabul, the statement said.

It added 18 MALI officers had received training from American experts in using the laboratory for research purposes. Twelve of MALI workers were already trained in analyzing samples.

Researches show that mycotoxins in different agriculture products could cause different illnesses, particularly liver and chest cancers, the statement said.

Based on international statistics, 25 percents of agriculture products are contaminated with toxins. The percentage is likely to be much higher in Afghanistaninfo-icon for different reasons.

MALI officials said Afghan traders in the past would take agriculture products to Europe and Gulf countries for laboratory tests, which was highly expensive and time-consuming process.

The MALI statement said all agriculture products of Afghanistan exported abroad would be healthinfo-icon certified following the activation of the laboratory.

Certified Afghan agriculture products would play a vital role in increasing Afghanistan exports, the statement said.


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