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Bühler Introduces Optical Sorting Technology to Improve Food Security in Nigeria

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Bühler Introduces Optical Sorting Technology to Improve Food Security in Nigeria
Bühler, a leading technology company, is set to present its optical sorting technology at a food security and nutrition conference in Ibadan, Nigeria. The technology, known as SORTEX A LumoVision, can directly detect aflatoxin contamination in maize, a major staple crop in Nigeria. This innovation has the potential to enhance food safety and increase the nutritional value of the food chain.

IBADAN, NIGERIA - EQS Newswire - September 11, 2023 - Protein is the most important component of the Nigerian diet, and maize is the primary animal feed crop in the country. However, maize is particularly prone to aflatoxin contamination, which is considered a major carcinogen. Bühler's optical sorting technology, to be showcased at the Food Security and Nutrition Conference in Ibadan, Nigeria on September 28, can directly identify contamination signals, thereby enhancing the safety of the food chain.

The challenge of ensuring food security in Nigeria extends beyond the availability of food products to also include nutritional quality, which is particularly crucial in modern-day Nigeria. Protein is the most vital component in the diet of the people, especially for children, pregnant women, and the elderly. While daily diets in low-income households may consist predominantly of more affordable staples such as carbohydrates, many individuals consider meat and fish an essential part of the Nigerian diet.

"Despite being much more expensive, Nigerians still prefer to consume animal protein. It is a cultural aspect and a focal point in their food," said Iyore Amadasun, Bühler Nigeria's Channel & Sales Manager.

However, Nigeria ranks below average in the Global Food Security Index, with average daily per capita protein intake below global standards. Nigeria's livestock sector, despite its considerable scale, cannot meet the rapidly increasing demand for animal protein among the population. This deficit poses a significant burden that requires constant intervention to avert a nutrition crisis in Nigeria. Hence, animal nutrition plays a vital role in the efforts to ensure food security for farmers, livestock feed producers, and other stakeholders in the industry.

Maize is a crucial staple crop in many regions of Nigeria and a major component in animal feed, as it provides high energy value, pigments, and essential fatty acids in the final livestock feed product. However, maize is particularly susceptible to aflatoxin contamination, which is considered a primary carcinogen in humans. In the case of contaminated food processing, aflatoxin can penetrate the general food supply and potentially cause severe illnesses. Besides the health risks, the economic impact on farmers and food processors is significant. Until now, sorting maize to reduce aflatoxin has proven difficult and imprecise, relying on indirect contamination indicators that can be inconclusive and time-consuming.

SORTEX A LumoVision, Bühler's enhanced aflatoxin reduction solution, is the world's first optical sorting technology that can directly identify aflatoxin in maize based on direct contamination indicators, using cloud-based real-time data to monitor and analyze contamination risks. SORTEX A LumoVision reduces yield loss to under 5%, enabling food and livestock feed manufacturers to protect their products from contamination and thereby avoid costly recall expenses and reputational damage, with increased yields, reduced waste, and improved quality.

"This technology is truly revolutionary and inspiring - not just for the food industry, but for production at various levels," commented Polycarp Okoeka, Bühler Nigeria's Single Mach Business Manager. "This optical sorting system based on data not only detects toxins in food grains but can also reduce them to acceptable levels."

Bühler is a key player in sustainable animal feed solutions, helping producers manufacture top-quality feed and save on raw materials and energy consumption from feed preparation to conditioning, pelletizing, and final packaging.

If you wish to attend the conference on September 28, please register on the website.

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About Bühler

Bühler is driven by the purpose of creating innovations for a better world, balancing the needs of the economy, humanity, and nature. As a preferred solution partner for the food and mobility industries, Bühler has developed a roadmap to achieve a 60% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in its operations by 2030, meaning Scope 1 & 2 greenhouse gas protocol, compared to a 2019 base. The company commits to ready-to-scale solutions by 2025 that help cut 50% energy, waste, and water in its customers' value chains. Billions of people come into contact with Bühler technologies as they fulfill basic needs for food and mobility every day.

Two billion people enjoy meals produced on Bühler equipment each day, and one billion people travel on vehicles manufactured with parts produced by Bühler's technology. Many wear eyeglasses, use smartphones, and read newspapers and magazines - all relying on Bühler's processing solutions and technologies. With this global relevance, Bühler has a unique position to turn today's global challenges into sustainable business.

Bühler contributes to the delivery of safe food around the world and fulfills its responsibility to protect the climate, creating solutions that make cars, buildings, and machinery more energy efficient.

With approximately 12,700 employees, Bühler generated sales of CHF 3 billion in 2022. Bühler dedicates 5% of its annual turnover to research and development (R&D) activities. As a Swiss family-owned company, Bühler operates in 140 countries and territories worldwide and operates a global service network comprising 105 service stations, 30 manufacturing sites, and Application & Training Centers in 23 countries.

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