A British manufacturing company, Perry Engineering Services seeks to boost Uganda’s agriculture sector by installing the first ever Aflatoxin removal machine in Soroti.
In the coming months, Perry Engineering, will supply and install in Soroti at PELA Commodities, Uganda’s first ever Aflatoxin removal machine (TOXIscrub), the company’s Managing Director David Perry has announced.
In a press statement, David Perry has revealed that this Alfatoxin removal machine works by undoing the chemical bond that the Aflatoxin has and changing it to a simple non-toxic double Aldehyde which then disperses.
"The system will be able to remove Mycotoxins, Aflatoxin, Ocratoxin, Vomitoxin, Citrinin, Ergot Alkaoids, Patulin, Fumonisins, and Zeralenone. It will treat wheat, maize, barley, rice, oats, peanut, soybean, and beans,” Perry said.
“Agro-processing is one of the fastest-growing sub-sectors and with the services and equipment that Perry Engineering provides, we believe that we will be able to contribute to Uganda’s agriculture industry. With the combination of the right technology, our customers will add the much-needed value to boost agro-production. We already are seeing good results with our customers in Uganda and the other Africa markets.”
Of late, Uganda’s agro produce such as maize have faced an export ban from the neighbouring countries due to high Aflatoxin levels. Reports show that Uganda loses $577million annually as a result of 3700 aflatoxin-induced liver cancer cases. Aflatoxin contamination has subsequently reduced economic growth by 0.26% in Uganda owing to decline in productivity.
As Uganda seeks to grow its agriculture industry into a more productive and profitable sector, the government has been keen on mechanization of the sector to modernize it to increase exports and make it more self-sustaining. Currently, 65% of the working population is engaged in agriculture which contributes 36% to the employment sector.
About Perry Engineering
Perry Engineering, a manufacturer of grain drying, cleaning, storage, and handling equipment, has been supporting small-scale and large-scale agriculture businesses across the country. With offices in South Africa and Egypt as well as Kampala, Perry Engineering are the designers and manufacturers of grain handling, cleaning, drying, and storage equipment and systems, small-scale flour mills, feed mills, and associated products.
The company supports key industries such as agriculture (farms & commercial grain stores), feed mills, flour mills, flaking mills, waste and recycling, pelleting plants, aggregates, and biomass (woodchip, shavings & sawdust, grass and herbs). It has a wide range of products which include; continuous mixed flow driers, belt driers, moisture sensor systems, chain & flight conveyors, belt conveyors, belt & bucket elevators, screw conveyors & augers, aspirator pre-cleaners, twin trace conveyors, grain samplers and bins/silos.
Perry Engineering also offers key services such as plant layout and design, manufacturing, installation & commissioning, and a comprehensive after-sales service package for its customers with its own staff in Uganda.