MaryLucy’s diary – training plant doctors in Kenya

Yesterday, Mrs Rael Taiy, the District Agricultural Officer for Trans Nzoia East, told us that her and the extension team are very happy about the plant clinics as the initiative greatly complements their extension work. Farmers present their ‘sick’ plants and they are given solutions immediately by the plant doctors. This reduces pest incidence and severity thereby improving food security and income generation.

2 Responses to MaryLucy’s diary – training plant doctors in Kenya

  1. Zobida Mohammed says:

    From Trinidad and Tobago and I must say we have started our plant clinics but are poorly attended after public invitations,banner,posters etc do you share the same experience .However,clinics are held at County Office in which farmers have to either travel or drive

    • Hallo Zobida Mohammed,

      Thanks for sharing your experience on plant clinic attendance in your country.
      In Kenya, we have a generally good farmer attendance to the plant clinics. These clinics are held at a market where farmers can freely access the plant clinic for advice for the plant doctors. They are mostly held during market days. Probably, you should consider the site for the clinic and the choice of day in the week to run them and how often.
      For example do you have market days in the week during which farmers bring their produce?

      Feel free to contact me for further discussions on the same.

      All the best.

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