Plant doctors to the rescue in integrated pest management

By Dyna Eam. Reblogged from the CGIAR CCAFS blog.

Farmer representatives and project team members of Rohal Suong Climate-Smart Village in Cambodia learn about rice pest management in light of climate change.

Many people attribute floods, droughts and cyclones to climate change and these natural disasters impact greatly on agricultural productivity. But recent scientific evidences show that pests are getting a boost from climate change. The increasing temperature and erratic rainfall cause pests and diseases to thrive and infest crops in wider ranges of places globally.

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Doctors for Farmers

The FARA Social Reporters Blog

Damien Nsabiyumve explaining the role of "plant doctors" through the "Plantwise" programme Damien Nsabiyumve explaining the role of “plant doctors” in the “Plantwise” programme

The 7th Africa Agriculture Science Week (AASW7) organized by the Forum for Agriculture Research in Africa (FARA) is took place in Kigali-Rwanda from June 13-16. During this event many companies and organisations attended, and brought their products and services to market and share innovations from different regions.

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Clínica de plantas atendió en el Día Nacional de Protección de los Cítricos en Santa Cruz, Bolivia

Puesto de productores de cítricos en la feria. Fotografía de José Gómez

El sábado 18 de junio, se llevó a cabo el Día Nacional de Protección de los Cítricos. Esta actividad fue organizada por el Ministerio de Desarrollo Rural y Tierras, y se realizó en todos los departamentos del país. El Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria e Inocuidad Alimentaria (SENASAG), la Gobernación de Santa Cruz y la Asociación de Productores de Frutas se encargaron de realizar esta actividad en el Parque Urbano de Santa Cruz de la Sierra. La actividad contó con la presencia de empresas productoras y procesadoras de cítricos, empresas de insumos agrícolas, productores de zonas aledañas, y entidades del gobierno regional y nacional.

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Plantwise goes mainstream in Myanmar agriculture

by Dr. Kyin Kyin Win, Deputy Director (Plant Protection Division, MOALI)

A major outcome of the two-year  pilot programme of Plantwise in Myanmar was the  recommendation from Dr. Tin Htut, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation (MoALI) to develop a Myanmar Plant Health System Development Strategy (MPHSDS) to guide the future development of the plant health system in Myanmar. Following this, a write shop with senior officials of MoALI was held on the 22nd April 2016 in NayPyiTaw,. The first draft of the MPHSDS was prepared by CABI using as reference documents the Myanmar Rice Sector Development Strategy (MRSDS) and Climate Smart Agriculture Development Strategy.

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Plant doctor helps a farmer at a plant clinic in Myanmar

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Plantwise programme expansion in Brazil

Group picture at UFSCar’s maize field

Plantwise is being implemented and coordinated in Brazil by EMBRAPA in collaboration with Empaer and the local government of Mato Grosso. Last year, faculty members from the Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) at Lagoa do Sino campus, in Buri, São Paulo State, expressed their interest in incorporating the plant clinics approach into their extension services in order to provide technical assistance to the small farmers concentrated in that region, and expand the Plantwise programme to the São Paulo state. UFSCar is a higher-public education institution that has been recognized for the quality of their students and their research, as well as for the outreach to farmers through extension activities. Established in a 643 hectares farm, the UFSCar campus at Lagoa do Sino opened in 2011 and is one of the four campuses that make up the UFSCar. The region where UFSCar at Lagoa do Sino is located is characterized for large-industrialized farming operations as well as small family-owned farming operations.

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Plantwise Annual Report 2015 released

PW Annual Report 2015 cover The Plantwise Annual Report for 2015 has been launched. The report is an update on programme implementation between January and December 2015, listing key highlights along with details on progress, lessons learned and next steps for each of the three programme components: Plant Health Systems Development, the Knowledge Bank and Monitoring & Evaluation.

Highlights include:

  • 4.5 million farmers reached through plant clinics, plant health rallies, and mass extension campaigns;
  • Plantwise training courses delivered to 6,600 personnel, with local trainers responsible for over half of training for new plant doctors;
  • 1,859 plant clinics established, of which 86 are equipped with digital devices;
  • Over 155,000 plant clinic queries reported from 30 countries;

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How Gummy Stem Blight affects Christophene production in Trinidad

Contributed by Aldo Hanel and Naitram Ramnanan, CABI.

The Northern Range region in Trinidad and Tobago is not only home to the most pristine and untouched areas of the country but it also provides the best agroecological environment for christophene (chayote) production in the country. Follow up from a sample brought to a plant clinic in 2015 revealed that the disease known as Gummy Stem Blight, caused by the fungus Didymella bryoniae, was pervasive in christophene farms in the Northern Range. Government reports show that since the outbreak of this disease, christophene production has dropped significantly.

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