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The economic importance and control of vertebrate pests of graminaceous crops with particular reference to rice (Oryza sativa) in Nigeria--a review


Graminaceous crops, especially rice (Orzya sativa), have within the last years in Nigeria, surged to be of utmost economic importance, not in improving the economy but in depleting the country of fast foreign exchange. Attempts at improving and massively increasing the production and cultivation of rice (and other graminaceous crops) to meet the enormous demand have proved abortive. This is mainly a result of the ineffective control measures applied against destructive avian pests that sometimes reduce rice plantations to nothing. Much research is still needed to enhance better and effective control strategies.

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