Implications of maize marketing for the spread of the Larger Grain Borers

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1993
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Ministry Of Agriculture
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This report examines the role of formal and informal maize marketing and the impact of movement restrictions on the spread of P. truncatus to the surplus maize producing areas of the Rift Valley and western Kenya, which are currently free of this storage pest. The geographical coverage considered in this study is limited to the southern border with Tanzania, as cross-border trade is a major source of infestation, and the infested districts of Machakos and Kitui. The study is largely based on information collected by Egerton University in the framework of the Kenya Marketing Development Programme (KMDP), during a wider study of the effects of liberalization on maize production, marketing, processing and consumption.
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