After six days long training of 33 Plant Doctors of Module 1 & 2 at Kabul, Afghanistan, three pilot clinics were set up in the market of Qarabagh district of Kabul Province. Plant doctors were divided into three groups and in each group different duties were assigned to each plant doctor i.e. logistics management, prescription to farmers and visit market to locate farmers and guide them to the clinic. After sometime, each plant doctor exchanged their responsibilities so that each will get chance to do all tasks.Luckily in the district government office, the Plantation inauguration ceremony was planned in which the Voice Governor Kabul province, Director -Directorate of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (DAIL), Provincial Council Director, District Governor Qarabagh and heads of all Community development Council participated. The Director DAIL invited us in this meeting and briefed all participants about the new initiative of Plantwise in the Afghanistan for food security and help of the farming community. Later on, he introduced CABI Country Coordinator (CCC) to the Voice Governor and CCC brought all team to his one pilot plant clinic. The Deputy Governor, Director DAIL and other members appreciated the clinic activity.
The plant doctors run three pilot clinics with great success by providing advisory services to more than 35 farmers. the farmers were also very happy and felicitous by getting the prescriptions and new approach of clinics. The major samples were received of apple, grapes and peach having major problem of aphids, codling moth and mites. All the plant doctors learned good experience and be more confident for future regular operation of 13 new plant clinics in different districts of Kabul and Baghlan provinces along with the continuation previous year 12 plant clinics in different districts of Bamyan and Parwan. A total of 25 plant clinics will be in operation this year 2013 with the collaboration of DAIL, Plant Protection and Agha Khan Foundation.
Read more about Plantwise plant clinics in Afghanistan here.
- Training new plant doctors in Kabul for Plantwise Afghanistan (plantwise.org)
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