Plantwise heads west (in Uganda)

Top officials in Fort Portal receiving details of Plantwise
Top officials in Fort Portal receiving details of Plantwise

The recent awareness raising exercise that took place in Fort Portal in the west of Uganda was a roaring success.  The key to extending Plantwise in Uganda was to involve the Chief Administrative officers, District Agricultural officers and the NAADS coordinator of each of the districts.  The extension service in Uganda is mostly decentralised with the local government officials having a great say in both the budget and the implementation of extension.

Jane Asaba and Joseph Mulema (CABI Uganda) together with Phil Taylor (CABI UK) set off to the west of the country to promote Plantwise to districts of the Western region.   They were accompanied by Kanakulya  Luswata and Steven Mabira experienced plant doctors from Buikwe and Mukono  The ministry (MAAIF) was represented by Benius Tukahirwa. Continue reading

Local trainers trained in Uganda

Trainers of Plant doctors examining plant material in Uganda
Trainers of Plant doctors examining plant material in Uganda

Plantwise is expanding rapidly and it is difficult to keep up with the demand (see Plantwise heads west) in some parts of Africa.  Uganda was one of the first countries that took up the concept of Plant clinics and thus it is one of the most advanced in clinic numbers and in the integration of Plantwise into the infrastructure of the country’s extension service.

Up until now training was provided by staff from the UK, originally, Rob Reeder and more recently Phil Taylor, with support from the local CABI staff in Uganda. However the demand for Plantwise is growing at such a pace and the level of experience of local people has grown such that now is the time for local people to begin training plant doctors. Continue reading