n African Entomology - (Fabricius) (Scarabaeidae: Dynastinae), potentially a pest of sweet potato in South Africa : short communication




In South Africa, sweet potato, (L.) Lam., is cultivated over a relatively small area of 3000 ha (Laurie 2004). The greater part of the harvest is consumed locally, the bulk fresh and 5 % processed; another 5 % is exported, mainly to the United Kingdom (Laurie 2004). Significant sweet potato production areas in South Africa include Hoedspruit and Levubu (Limpopo Province), Marble Hall, Burgersfort and Nelspruit (Mpumalanga), and certain areas of the Western Cape Province and KwaZulu-Natal (Laurie 2004).


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