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Chapter 15 – Pests

Meaning and Type of Agricultural Pests

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Pest can be defined simply as any living organism, plant or animal, which can cause damage to cultivated crops, animals and human beings. Human beings can also be called pests if they cause damage to crops or livestock.

Pests can carry organisms that cause diseases and constitute nuisance to agricultural products. Majority of crop pests are invertebrates e.g. insects and eel-worms.

Types of Agricultural Pests

Agricultural pests can be classified into two types, namely

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