African Journal of
Agricultural Research

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Agric. Res.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1991-637X
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJAR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 6669

Full Length Research Paper

Pre-harvest Loss Assessment of Maize crop in Semi-arid Areas in Tanzania Due to Rodent pests

Emmanuel C. M. Mlyashimbi
  • Emmanuel C. M. Mlyashimbi
  • Department of Crop Science and Horticulture, Sokoine University of Agriculture, P. O. Box 3005, Morogoro, Tanzania.
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Didas N. Kimaro
  • Didas N. Kimaro
  • Department of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Sokoine University of Agriculture, P. O. Box 3003, Morogoro, Tanzania.
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Akwilin J. P. Tarimo
  • Akwilin J. P. Tarimo
  • Department of Crop Science and Horticulture, Sokoine University of Agriculture, P. O. Box 3005, Morogoro, Tanzania.
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Robert S. Machang’u
  • Robert S. Machang’u
  • Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture, P. O. Box 3110, Morogoro, Tanzania.
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Moses Isabirye
  • Moses Isabirye
  • Faculty of Natural Resources and Environment, Busitema University, P. O. Box 236, Tororo, Uganda.
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Rhodes H. Makundi
  • Rhodes H. Makundi
  • Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture, P. O. Box 3110, Morogoro, Tanzania.
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Herwig Leirs
  • Herwig Leirs
  • Evolutionary Ecology Group, Universiteit Antwerpen, Groenenborgerlaan 171, B-2020 Antwerpen, Belgium.
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Apia W. Massawe
  • Apia W. Massawe
  • Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture, P. O. Box 3110, Morogoro, Tanzania.
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Mashaka E. Mdangi
  • Mashaka E. Mdangi
  • Directorate of Training, Ministry of Agriculture, Dodoma, Tanzania.
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Steven R. Belmain
  • Steven R. Belmain
  • Natural Resources Institute, University of Greenwich, Chatham Maritime, Kent, United Kingdom,
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Loth S. Mulungu
  • Loth S. Mulungu
  • Pest Management Centre, Sokoine University of Agriculture, P. O. Box 3110, Morogoro, Tanzania.
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  •  Received: 31 January 2019
  •  Accepted: 12 March 2019
  •  Published: 30 June 2022

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