Muhammad Faheem, CABI Country coordinator for Plantwise Afghanistan travelled to Baghlan province north of Kabul, which has great agriculture potential. Six plant doctors, belonging to Plantwise partners DAIL, AKF and Baghlan University were recently trained in how to become plant doctors. Introductory meetings Between Plantwise and implementing partners were held to set up the future plan of operation for three plant clinics in the area. The Agriculture Advisor and Extension Manager from DAIL-Baghlan showed great interest in the Plantwise initiative and ensured their complete cooperation. Similarly, a meeting was held with the Dean and member of the Agricultural Faculty at Baghlan University to introduce the Plantwise program and the importance of developing links between the university and plant clinics for diagnostic support of plant health problems. The Dean was happy with the Plantwise services like capacity building of staff, free diagnostic facility at regional level and especially the free access to Knowledge Bank. He agreed to provide the diagnostics facility to plant clinics at local level and was pleased to be able to link them with the National Plant Protection Laboratories in Kabul and Plantwise Diagnostic service in the UK. Baghlan plant clinics will be in operation as of the first week of April 2013.
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