Rallying around plant health in Jamaica

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Plant doctor Andrea Legg showing farmers an instar of the beet armyworm during the “understand the beet to beat the beet” module of the plant health rally held on May 31, at the St. Elizabeth  Agri-Fest (Credit: Marina Young, RADA, Jamaica)

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), Research and Development Division (R&D) and Plant Quarantine Produce Inspection (PQPI) – all agencies of the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries of Jamaica – teamed up  with CABI Plantwise to prepare the first of a series of rallies on different plant health topics. A two-day workshop was held last month with a group of trained plant doctors on how to prepare and deliver a plant health rally.

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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).

English summary follows

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.

Backstopping visit to Bangkok, Thailand

As the last part of our data management trip, Claire and I headed to Bangkok for the 11th and 12th of September. We joined a group of plant doctors and farmers at the plant clinic/rally in Nong Kung village, Suppaya district, Chainat province. We saw a demonstration on biocontrol, looked through pamphlets and information available to farmers about crop problems, and discussed the rice harvest which was currently taking place. In the backstopping training at the Rice Department, the participants shared their concerns and plans for future data management in Thailand.

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Participants of the data management backstopping in Bangkok. ©CABI
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Farmers attending the clinic to listen to advice about crop protection. ©CABI
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Emily, Claire, Fook Wing, and Siva observing how plant clinics operate in Chainat province. ©CABI
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Discussing data management in Thailand. ©CABI
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Looking forward to a delicious meal in Nong Kung village! ©CABI
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Farmers learning about biocontrol products using fungal spores grown on a culture of cooked rice. ©CABI
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A farmer and plant doctor discussing issues with food crops. ©CABI
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Preserved samples and specimens for comparison purposes when diagnosing crop problems. ©CABI
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View from the plant clinic into part of the village – it was a beautiful, sunny day. ©CABI

Plant Health Rallies to help control West Indian fruit fly in Grenada

Paul Graham, Pest Management Officer, demonstrates how to prepare the trap (Photo courtesy of Paul Graham)
Paul Graham, Pest Management Officer, demonstrates how to prepare the trap (Photo courtesy of Paul Graham)

Two Plant Health Rallies have recently been held in Grenada to raise awareness of the West Indian Fruit fly and promote the control of this pest using fruit fly bait stations. The rallies, which were organised in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Lands, Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, were aimed at local farmers with the first attracting 25 attendees and the second around 12. The farmers were given practical advice on how to make and use bait stations which they were able to take away with them afterwards. Thaddeus Peters (MoA) presented at one of the rallies explaining what damage the West Indian fruit fly causes and how the MoA and farmers can both play a part in controlling the pest.  Continue reading

Plantwise Photo Of The Month- April

Participants at the first Plant Health Rally to take place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia © CABI UK
Participants at the first Plant Health Rally to take place in Santa Cruz, Bolivia © CABI UK

To read more about the work Plantwise is doing in Bolivia follow this link. To read Spanish factsheets specific to Bolivia on the Plantwise Knowledge Bank click here.