Women farmers in India are showing keen interest in following Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) to minimize postharvest aflatoxin in groundnut. This was evident at the two-day capacity building program organized on 1-2 April in Palabavi and Ayyavaripalle villages of Raptadu mandal in the Anantapur district of Andhra Pradesh.

The program attracted more than 140 farmers, both women and men, who learned about major reasons for postharvest accumulation of aflatoxin in groundnut and the role of improper postharvest practices aggravating the problem. Participants were also briefed on the need to adopt GAP such as physical sorting and ideal storage methods.

Aflatoxin poses potent carcinogenic and related hazards to human and animal health.

The capacity building program was jointly organized by ICRISAT along with AF-Ecology Center of Rural Development Trust (RDT) of India under the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH).

Source: ICRISAT Happenings