oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The cowpea weevil

Volume 3, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The cowpea is the most important leguminous hay crop in the summer rainfall area. It is also a very valuable cover crop for enriching the soil. In Native areas and on the Witwatersrand Gold Mines, where the annual consumption is approximately 330,000 bushels of seed, it constitutes an essential part of the diet of natives. With the development of improved upright-growing and disease resistant types by the Potchefstroom College of Agriculture, this crop is likely to be cultivated more extensively in future.

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