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Tanzania’s Crop Protection Act of 1997

To implement the new policy of trade liberalizations as well as preventing introduction of new plant pests the Plant Protection Act was enacted in 1997. The implementation of the Plant Protection Act is under the Ministry of Agriculture through the Plant Health Inspectorate Services Section. The Act is also applicable to dealing with weeds as they are explicitly mentioned in the definition of 'pests'.

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Updated list of names and email-addresses Parasite project members and MSc-students

This week, we updated the names and email-addresses of the project members and the MSc-students who are active in the Parasite project.

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NWO-WOTRO Factsheet Parasite

In his search for a solution to the problem of weeds that limit African rice production, Jonne Rodenburg works at many levels, from genetic research to production systems. One of his findings is that farmers’ practices and considerations must be included in crop and weed management strategies. There is no silver bullet or one-size-fits-all solution. In his many publications, Jonne Rodenburg has presented some frightening statistics. For example those on the losses in African rice due to uncontrolled weeds. In lowland areas, as much as 28%–74% of the rice crop may be lost, while in upland systems the losses can be 48%–100%! Weeds represent a huge threat to food security in Africa, and indeed worldwide. One of the major culprits is the parasitic weed Striga hermonthica, also known as witchweed, an attractive plant with bright pink-purple flowers. ‘You could almost grow it as a houseplant,’ Rodenburg says.

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Powerpoint presentation Parasite project

Powerpoint presentation Parasite project

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Integrated Striga Control

The parasitic weed striga causes more damage to cereal crops in poor soils, so both problems have to be tackled together. In this video we will learn why it is important to combine at least three control methods to reduce striga and obtain a good yield of sorghum, millet, maize or rice.

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Parasite Project Proposal

This is the original project proposal as submitted to NWO-WOTRO. It includes the research background, problem definition, research approach, and expected results. Each of the four sub-projects are presented, as well as the key institutions involved.

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