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The assessment of losses due to insects and rodents in maize stored for subsistence in Kenya

The assessment of losses due to insects and rodents in maize stored for subsistence in Kenya

De Lima, C.P.F. (1979) The assessment of losses due to insects and rodents in maize stored for subsistence in Kenya. Tropical Stored Products Information, 38. pp. 21-26. ISSN 0564-3325

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Abstract

In Kenya maize in subsistence storage is liable to insect and rodent attack. The losses have been studied over several years and appropriate field survey techniques employing area , cluster and line sampling methods have been developed. The techniques described in the literature, eg volumetric (bulk density) and gravimetric methods were found to be subject to variation from several sources and therefore not suitable in surveys covering widely varying conditions. Alternative methods were therefore developed and are described in this paper. By the use of these techniques the annual loss in subsistence maize due to insects was found to be 4.54 per cent and that due to rodents 1.45 per cent. This loss of approximately 6.0 per cent is equivalent to US $12 million.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: postharvest loss, maize, Kenya, storage loss, insect damage, rodent damage, loss assessment
Subjects: S Agriculture > S Agriculture (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Food & Markets Department
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Last Modified: 27 Apr 2016 19:59
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/10785

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