South American tomato leaf miner, Tuta absoluta, reported in Nepal for the first time

South American tomato leaf miner, Tuta absoluta (Meyrick), has been reported in a tomato farm for the first time in Nepal and the presence has been confirmed in five districts, Kathmandu, Lalitpur, Bhaktapur, Kavrepalanchowk and Dhading district. Studies carried out by the Nepal Agricultural Research Council (NARC) in May and June this year have identified and confirmed the presence of the pest in 14 locations in the five districts mentioned above. The highest infestation was identified in two districts, Ugrachandi Nala-2 and Panchakhal of Kavrepalanchowk district.

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T. absoluta damage on tomato. Copyright: Peter Kodwaran, Ministry of Agriculture Livestock and Fisheries (MoALF), Kenya

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Collaboration between Plantwise and the University of Queensland

Plantwise factsheet app
Plantwise Factsheet Library

In 2014, Holly alerted our blog followers to the Plantwise factsheet library app, aimed to provide country extension workers with a portable electronic library of pest management factsheets. Since then, there have been in excess of 65,000 sessions of the app by our global users. Continue reading

Plantwise progress reported at 2015 Donor Forum

Progress made by Plantwise in 2015 was the subject of the global programme’s annual Donor Forum earlier this month (October 6-7, 2015). The meeting took place in the Swiss Pavilion at the Milan World Expo where Plantwise is the focus of an interactive exhibit.

Plantwise executives invited key programme donors to attend the annual meeting and those participating included the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands (DGIS), Irish Aid, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the Ministry of Agriculture, People’s Republic of China.

Key Plantwise stakeholders come together at the Swiss Pavilion at Expo Milan.
Key Plantwise stakeholders come together at the Swiss Pavilion at Expo Milan.

Kicking off the two-day session, Plantwise Executive Dr Ulrich Kuhlmann reported on progress from the past year of expansion and consolidation for Plantwise across 34 countries. Highlights included the updated Plantwise Strategy for 2015-2020, the development of a systematic monitoring and evaluation plan for roll-out in all Plantwise countries, as well as more than 850 newly trained plant doctors. Continue reading

Participación de CABI en el “48 Congresso Brasileiro de Fitopatologia” en Brazil.

Texto preparado y editado por Martha Maria Passador y Javier Franco

En el mes de Agosto del 2015, en los días 10 al 13, se realizó el “48 Congresso Brasileiro de Fitopatologia”, en la ciudad de São Pedro, ubicada en el interior del estado de São Paulo. Este congreso se lleva a cabo anualmente en diferentes ciudades de Brasil, en esta oportunidad se realizó en esta ciudad para celebrar los 50 años de la “Faculdade de Ciências  Agronômicas – Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)”.

Al final de las presentaciones los expositores contestaron las preguntas efectuadas
Al final de las presentaciones los expositores contestaron las preguntas efectuadas

CABI participó de una Mesa Redonda por invitación de la Comisión Organizadora del Congreso, cuyo tema fue: “Avanços em Clínica Global de Plantas – Programa CABI-Plantwise”. Para las charlas fueron invitados la Dra. Martha Maria Passador (CABI-Brazil) que presentó la charla “Estrutura do Programa Plantwise”, el Dr. Javier Franco (CABI-Bolivia y Peru) que presentó la charla “Las Clínicas para Plantas: un servicio en beneficio de los pequeños productores de Bolivia y Peru”, y la Dra. Betty Matos (SENASA-Perú) que presentó la charla “Directrices sobre las Listas de plagas reglamentadas”. Esta Mesa también se contó con la presencia de la Dra. Yelitza Colmenarez para presentar a los expositores y dar unas palabras acerca de CABI. Al final de las presentaciones se dispuso de un tiempo para efectuar preguntas a los expositores, los mismos que dieron las respectivas respuestas.

La Dra. Martha explicaba a los visitantes del stand acerca del trabajo desarrollado por el programa CABI-Plantwise.
La Dra. Martha explicaba a los visitantes del stand acerca del trabajo desarrollado por el programa CABI-Plantwise.

Además de la charla, durante el período del Congreso, CABI  participó en el Stand de FEPAF (Fundação de Estudos e Pesquisas Agrícolas e Florestais), donde se expusieron algunos materiales relacionados a CABI y Plantwise. La Dra. Martha explicaba a los visitantes del stand acerca del trabajo desarrollado por el programa. Debido a esta divulgación fue posible percibir un alto interés por parte de los que participaron del congreso.

Perú: nueva clínica de plantas en de la región de Lambayeque

Texto preparado y editado por Martha Passador, Melanie Bateman y Javier Franco

Bernardina Bereche y su hijo Antonio Hiause después de recibir el formulario con recomendaciones. Foto: Martha Passador
Bernardina Bereche y su hijo Antonio Hiause después de recibir el formulario con recomendaciones. Foto: Martha Passador

Los agricultores de la región de Lambayeque recibieron el día 20 de Julio del 2015 un nuevo servicio para mejorar su producción agrícola. Una nueva clínica ubicada en el poblado de Batan Grande fue inaugurada, dónde los agricultores de esta región podrán acercarse a realizar sus consultas sobre plagas y enfermedades sin costo alguno. Batan Grande es un poblado menor perteneciente al distrito de Pitipo, Provincia de Ferreñafe, Región Lambayeque, dónde los agricultores tienes sus cultivos de arroz, maíz, cebolla, lenteja, papa y maracuyá.

La primera atención de esta nueva clínica, contó con la presencia del alcalde de Batan Grande, Luis Alberto  Valladolid Terrones, que confirmó el apoyo de la alcaldía para este servicio. Antes del inicio de los servicios de clínica, la Ing. Patricia Villegas, Coordinadora de la Unidad de Extensión Agraria de la EEA-Vista Florida-Lambayeque, explicó a los agricultores cómo sería realizado el trabajo. Patricia les explicó que en esta clínica, el agricultor sólo necesita acercarse con una muestra de su planta atacada por alguna plaga o enfermedad y el “Doctor de Plantas” le brindará la asesoría necesaria para resolver su problema fitosanitario, además de brindarle las recomendaciones necesarias para prevenir futuros ataques de la plaga.

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Plantwise publishes its 1000th Factsheet for Farmers!

The 100th Plantwise Factsheet for Farmers, written by a Senior Agricultural Officer from Zambia's Department of Agriculture
The 1000th Plantwise Factsheet for Farmers, written by a Senior Agricultural Officer from Zambia’s Department of Agriculture

Today, we are celebrating the publication of the 1000th Plantwise Factsheet for Farmers (PFFFs) on the Plantwise knowledge bank!

PFFFs are written by trained partners in Plantwise countries around the world. Each factsheet provides information on how to recognise the problem, some background details about the problem and offers effective management advice to enable the problem to be controlled. After peer review, the factsheets go through technical validation to ensure that the factsheets offer management advice that is scientifically sound, and safe and practical for a farmer to implement. Once finalised, PFFFs are distributed to plant clinics where they are used to support extension workers in providing farmers with the best possible crop protection recommendations. This makes PFFFs a key resource in preventing crop losses to pests and diseases, boosting food security and improving livelihoods. 

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Plantwise Bangladesh in a new era of partnership: National Extension Officers trained as Plant Doctors

Newly trained plant doctors in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Newly trained plant doctors in Dhaka, Bangladesh © CABI

The Plantwise programme in Bangladesh was launched with the training for module 1 (Field Diagnosis and Plant Clinic Operation) and module 2 (Introduction to Plant Healthcare) for 32 extension officers in Dhaka early this March. The training followed the signing of a tripartite agreement between the Economic relation division, Ministry of Agriculture and CABI on the 20th January this year. This was followed by signing of a work and funding contract that marked initiation of activities with the national partner to implement the program in the country.  Though Plantwise was being implemented by a few NGOs in Bangladesh from 2011, the partnership with Department of Agricultural Extension has opened a new era for the program which has a strong possibility of driving the program to sustainability in the nation. Ten Upojillas (unions) have been selected to conduct ten regular plant clinics in five districts of the country. Dr. Steve Edgington was the CABI trainer who meticulously and consistently captured the attention of 32 trainees as they understood how the symptoms can be easily recognised at field level. The clinic concept is quite new to the country and, although the Farmers Information and Advice Centre is already established by the World Bank as advisory centres to farmers, many farmers could get additional synergies with PW operations as suggested by some newly trained Plantwise doctors.

It was very encouraging to see the complete and punctual attendance of the trainees for all the four days. Their rapt attention during the presentations and active participation in the field as well as in class room exercises was noticeable. Prior to the training the workshop opening session was presided by the Director-General DAE, Director PPW and other eminent staff of the department. This event was captured by the national television media and broadcasted in prime hour throughout the nation.  Click this link to see a clip of the television coverage: https://www.dropbox.com/l/sGSepN8iCMnEbAcx1b5khr

Though the women constituted around only 20% of the participating trainees, their enthusiasm and passion to execute the clinics was evident.  The commitment of these officers to support farmers to guide them with timely diagnosis in order to reduce the use of pesticide was appreciable. This was also evident by their earlier efforts to bring out certain tools in this focal area. The newly trained plant doctors proudly wore their badges at the end of the training while receiving their certificates. They are now looking forward to April when they will witness a model clinic first-hand. Later in April the plant doctors plan to conduct the first plant clinics in their respective unions and start to provide their farming communities with practical advice in plant health.