Opportunities and constraints of groundnut production in selected drylands of Ethiopia

This report is the result of a DCG project focusing on opportunities and constraints in groundnut production in selected drylands of Etiopia. The project particularly looked into the challenge of reducing the level of mycotoxins.

DCG report no. 74 | Alemayehu Chala et al. | January 2014

The results of this study revealed that the role of improved harvesting and post-harvest practices is crucial in improving the quality of groundnuts. Among other practices avoiding mechanical damage during harvesting, drying and threshing groundnuts on a mat to avoid contact with the soil, and storing the grains in well ventilated storage houses that do not allow water percolation were found to significantly reduce the infection of groundnuts by Aspergillus fungi and associated mycotoxins.

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