Plant Quarantine in East Africa

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Sheffield, F. M. L.
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In most territories of the world there are many restrictions governing the importation of plants from abroad which, although they may seem irksome, are designed solely for the protection of the growers of that territory. Certificates of freedom from certain pests and diseases issued by competent authorities in the exporting country are often required; importation of certain plants, or from certain territories, may be prohibited or plants may be admitted provided only that they pass through a period in quarantine upon arrival. All this is done in an attempt to prevent entry into a country of pests and diseases not already established there. The principal danger is from virus diseases, those caused by fungi, bacteria or insects being usually more easily recognized at source and more easily controlled or prevented.
East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 21 (No. 1), p. 10-17