UFSCar Participa dos Modulos de treinamento de Plantwise

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Participantes do treinamento sobre funcionamento das clínicas de plantas com enfoque na recomendação técnica em fitossanidade, além de metodologías de comunicação e extensão rural.

O novo campus da Universidade Federal de São Carlos, localizado no sudoeste paulista, estabeleceu desde 2016 uma parceria com CABI Plantwise para integrar a rede nacional de entidades executoras das clínicas de plantas no Brasil. As clínicas de plantas são uma metodologia para oferecer serviços de diagnóstico e recomendação de problemas fitossanitários com enfoque no manejo integrado de pragas e direcionado a agricultura familiar.

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Una clínica agropecuaria para lograr ‘el oro en la vida’

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La clínica de plantas del pueblo Chamis del departamento de Cajamarca representa algo raro en Perú: un servicio de asesoría para agricultores con presencia permanente en el pueblo. Según el censo agropecuario del 2012, sólo un 7.3% de los agricultores del país reciben asistencia técnica y en Cajamarca es menos todavía, con un 4.6%.

Frente a esta escasez alarmante de servicios para los pequeños productores de Perú, la introducción de clínicas de plantas cayó como anillo al dedo. Las clínicas, un nuevo tipo de servicio rural, fueron establecidas en varias regiones del Perú en el 2013 a través de un convenio entre Instituto Nacional de Innovación agraria (INIA) y el programa Plantwise de CABI.

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A plant and livestock clinic to win the ‘gold medal of life’

1The plant clinic in town of Chamis in the department of Cajamarca represents something unusual in Peru: a farmer advisory service with a permanent presence. According to the agricultural and livestock census of 2012, only 7.3% of the country’s farmers receive technical assistance and in Cajamarca it is even less, just 4.6%.

Faced with this alarming scarcity of services for smallholders in Peru, the introduction of the plant clinics fit like a hand in the glove. The clinics, a new type of rural service, were established in several regions of Peru in 2013 as part of an agreement between the National Institute of Agricultural Innovation (INIA) and CABI’s Plantwise programme.

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Sembrando las semillas de la sostenibilidad en Achuapa, Nicaragua

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Jose Perez, Israel Cerros, Brígido Sosa, and Eddar Castillo en el puesto para plantas JFPS (de izquierda a derecha)

La Cooperativa Juan Francisco Paz Silva (JFPS), fundada en 1990, comenzó la operación de un puesto para plantas en 2009. La cooperativa estaba buscando una manera de ofrecer asistencia técnica a sus productores asociados y los puestos de plantas proporcionan una manera para hacerlo. Inicialmente, dos técnicos, Oscar Calderón y Harold Espinoza, fueron capacitados como doctores de plantas para suministrar asistencia técnica a los productores, ellos a su vez entrenaron a otros técnicos en la cooperativa, incluido el doctor de plantas Israel Cerros. El puesto para plantas, jornadas de salud y los servicios de radio se proporcionan de forma gratuita cerca más de 500 productores de las comunidades cercanas, de los cuales 280 son productores asociados directos a la cooperativa.

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Sowing seeds of sustainability in Achuapa, Nicaragua

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Jose Perez, Israel Cerros, Brígido Sosa, and Eddar Castillo at the JFPS plant clinic (from left)

The Cooperative Juan Francisco Paz Silva (JFPS), which was founded in 1990, began operating a plant clinic in 2009. The cooperative was looking for a way to provide technical support to its member farmers, and the plant clinic provided a means to do so. Initially, two technicians, Oscar Calderon and Harold Espinoza, were trained as plant doctors to provide technical support to farmers, and they in turn trained others technicians in the cooperative, including current plant doctor Israel Cerros. The plant clinic services are provided for free to about 500 farmers in nearby communities, of which 280 are member farmers of the cooperative.

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The many P’s of partnership

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From left: Christoph Neumann (CropLife Intl), Paul Winters (IFAD), Nick Perkins (CABI), Tin Htut (MoALF, Myanmar). Washington Otieno (CABI). Photo: ©FAO/Giuseppe Carotenuto

Peace, partnerships, projects, production, perspectives, participation and passion to name just a few. These were all squeezed into a side event at CFS44, organised by CABI, entitled ‘How Cross-Sectoral Partnerships Help Smallholders Deliver a More Food Secure Future‘.

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How ICTs are key to Plantwise’s sustainability

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Tablets being used at a Plantwise plant clinic in India. Photo: CABI

The Plantwise programme has expanded in terms of its plant clinic network, the number of countries involved and the number of farmers reached since its launch in 2011. This expansion has been facilitated to a significant extent by an ICT infrastructure, i.e. the Knowledge Bank and e-plant clinics (plant clinics equipped with tablets). Mozambique, Nepal, Malawi, Nicaragua and Jamaica are piloting e-plant clinics this year and more countries are showing increasing interest. The programme has overcome various obstacles and the advantages, both practical and data-based, are now being seen at a variety of locations.

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