How plant clinics are reaching female farmers in Honduras

Written by Eduardo Hidalgo and José Gómez

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Plant clinic operation in the indigenous community of El Rodeo, Intibucá. Photograph by Eduardo Hidalgo, CABI.

The Plantwise programme supports local implementing organizations in their efforts to mainstream gender equality in their activities. The Plantwise steering committee in Honduras invited Olinda Rubio (Chief of Communications at the Ministry of Agriculture [SAG-SENASA] and gender expert), to join the team and lead the in-country Plantwise gender strategy, which focuses on ensuring the inclusion of both men and women groups, and tailoring plant clinic services to their needs.

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Plant doctors share advice using WhatsApp and Facebook in Central America

by Erica Chernoh and Eduardo Hidalgo, CABI

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Discussion of symptoms and a diagnosis on the WhatsApp group for plant doctors in Honduras
Discussion of symptoms and a diagnosis on the WhatsApp group for plant doctors in Honduras

 

The software application WhatsApp is being used by plant doctors in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Honduras to provide and receive plant diagnostic support. WhatsApp has proven to be popular in many countries, because it is a free communication tool for sending and receiving SMS messages. Continue reading

Honduras- Jornada de salud de plantas en Belén, Ocotepeque

Jaime Guerrero, Doctor de plantas, dando el mensaje a productores
Jaime Guerrero, Doctor de plantas, dando el mensaje a productores (Carlos Barrera, SENASA Honduras)

Texto escribido por Carlos Barrera, Coordinador de distrito y Doctor de plantas (SENASA Honduras).

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La organización ALDEAS GLOBALES, en el municipio de Belén, Ocotepeque, está apoyando en coordinación con el Servicio Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria (SENASA)  y el Centro Internacional de Bio ciencias Agrícolas (CABI), la iniciativa PLANTWISE, atendiendo la Clínica para plantas, la cual es atendida por los doctores para plantas Jeremías Vásquez y Jaime Guerrero.

Aldeas Globales, da asesoría Técnica y en mercadeo, a la Asociación de Productores de Celaque (APROCEL), entre los diferentes cultivos que los miembros de APROCEL están cultivando, es el de la lechuga, dicha producción va dirigida los principales supermercados del país, por lo tanto el producto debe de tener altos estándares de calidad, para que el mismo sea aceptado.

Tomando en cuenta lo anterior y considerando que la plaga de la babosa en el cultivo de lechuga, está afectando a los productores, la Clinica para Plantas de Aldeas Globales decidió realizar una jornada de salud de plantas en la plaza principal del municipio en el día 7 de junio, donde los días domingos vienen los productores de todas las aldeas a comercializar sus productos, ahí llegan productores de APROCEL, como también no asociados a la misma,  el tema que se abordo fue “La Babosa en el Cultivo de Lechuga”.

Se elaboró una hoja técnica sobre el tema y se les dio el mensaje y entrego mini hojas técnicas con las medidas de control de la plaga a unas 120 personas, las cuales se mostraron muy interesados de conocer sobre el tema, al consultarles sobre que otro tema les gustaría conocer la mayoría respondió sobre el Gusano Cogollero en Maíz, por lo que se programó otra jornada sobre este tema para el día 2 de agosto.

On Sunday 7th of June, in Belén (Ocotepeque), Carlos Barrera, Jeremías Vásquez and Jaime Guerrero, three plant doctors associated with SENASA and Aldea Global in Honduras, took advantage that every Sundays producers from all surrounding villages come to market their products in the main square of the town to run a Plant health rally. The plant doctors have developed a technical factsheet on how to control slugs in lettuce crop, an important cash crop of the region, and gave mini technical factsheets providing control measures of the pest to 120 persons during the day. The producers were really interested and the majority of them asked if it was possible to have more information on other pests such as the armyworm (Spodoptera sp.) attacking maize crop. Thus, responding to farmer’s needs, another Plant health rally has been scheduled for the 2nd of August to provide information and recommendations on how to control the armyworm.

Update: Plant Health News (04 Jun 14)

Scientists have identified a gene that encodes resistance to Phytophthora capsici, a fungus-like pathogen spreading root rot disease in peppers © Gerald Holmes (CC BY-NC).
Scientists have identified a gene that encodes resistance to the fungus like-pathogen causing root rot disease in peppers © Gerald Holmes (CC BY-NC).

Here’s a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including the discovery of a microbe that could help control rice blast, concern over the effects of erratic rainfall on crops in Somalia and the discovery of a gene encoding resistance to stem and fruit rot of pepper.

Click on the link to read more of the latest plant health news!
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What CABI Is Doing To Tackle Major Coffee Rust Outbreaks In Central America

Guatemala has declared a state of agricultural emergency after coffee rust fungus has affected approximately 193,000ha of coffee, equating to 70% of the national crop. As a result of the outbreak, Guatemala is releasing $13.7m (£8.7m) in emergency aid to help farmers buy pesticides and to inform farmers on ways to manage the disease. Honduras and Costa Rica have already declared national emergency and El Salvador and Panama are also affected.

Coffee is a major export crop in many Central American countries and it is thought that this disease outbreak, which has been called “the worst seen in Central America and Mexico” by John Vandermeer, ecologist at the University of Michigan, will lead to big job losses. The Institute of Coffee in Costa Rica has estimated that the latest coffee rust outbreak may reduce the 2013-2014 harvest by 50% or more in the worst affected areas.

To find out more information about coffee rust view our Plantwise Knowledge Bank- Coffee Leaf Rust PDF booklet.

Symptoms of Coffee Rust (Hemileia vastatrix) © Carlos Roberto Carvalho, Ronaldo C. Fernandes, Guilherme Mendes Almeida Carvalho, Robert W. Barreto, Harry C. Evans (2011): Cryptosexuality and the Genetic Diversity Paradox in Coffee Rust, Hemileia vastatrix. PLoS ONE 6(11): e26387. {{doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026387}} (CC-BY 2.5)
Symptoms of Coffee Rust (Hemileia vastatrix) © Carlos Roberto Carvalho, Ronaldo C. Fernandes, Guilherme Mendes Almeida Carvalho, Robert W. Barreto, Harry C. Evans (2011): Cryptosexuality and the Genetic Diversity Paradox in Coffee Rust, Hemileia vastatrix. PLoS ONE 6(11): e26387. {{doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0026387}} (CC-BY 2.5)

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Plantwise 2012 Highlights

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As we move into the New Year and all that 2013 has to offer it seems like a good time to review some of the achievements of 2012 . Here are a few of the Plantwise highlights of 2012!

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