Update: Plant Health News (28 Jan 15)

Here‚Äôs a taste of some of the latest stories about plant health, including native ants helping to improve cocoa yields in Indonesia, unseasonal rains affecting crops in India and local mangoes in the Philippines declared free from mango seed weevil. Click on the link to read more of the latest plant health news!
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Behind the scenes of Plantwise plant clinics in Uganda

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PhD student, Andrew Tock, of the Warwick Crop Centre, has spent three months monitoring Plantwise plant clinic success in Uganda as part of a BBSRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership. During this time, he kept a research diary (video above), describing his experiences in Uganda and the day-to-day work of plant doctors in the field. To read…
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Plantwise joins IPPC in Rome to discuss building linkages for NPPOs

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    Delegates from over twenty-six countries attended last Thursday‚Äôs side event jointly-hosted¬†by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat and the CABI-led¬†Plantwise programme which served the goals common to both organizations: empowering countries to protect crops, thereby increasing food security. The event on the evening of April 2ndat Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of…
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New Video: The first IPPC & Plantwise Workshop, Nairobi, Kenya

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Plant health stakeholders from across East Africa met in Nairobi for the first ever workshop hosted by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) Secretariat and Plantwise. Watch as attendees exchange national experiences in plant protection using resources from Plantwise and the IPPC in the process. They renew strategies for greater coordination on plant health, face…
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Plantwise joins IPPC at CPM9 in Rome for side-event tonight

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Delegates from around the world convene at FAO headquarters for CPM9, many of which will attend tonight’s side-event to hear of joint activities and how partners are using resources to work together in Sri Lanka, Uganda and Kenya.
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Plantwise on TV: Launch of Makerere University Training in Uganda

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Check out this great coverage of Plantwise coming out of Uganda. Working with the University of Makerere, Plantwise is training young plant doctors to answer the increasing demand for plant clinics across all regions. National television station UBC news interviewed CABI’s Joseph Mulema and key partners on this major development for extension and smallholder farmer…
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Plantwise takes root in Uganda: United Nations news service report

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Black Rot Disease Hits Uganda

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Vegetable farmers in the Kayunga and Mukono districts of Uganda are reporting crop losses due to black rot disease. One farmer, Twaha Kahooza of Kyampisi village, Kayunga Sub-county, says he had planted four acres of cabbages and was expecting about Shs18m (about ¬£4,500 or US$7,000) from the harvest, however he only managed to get Shs5m…
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Plantwise Photo Of The Month- May

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This photo shows Antonio Limbau, the Deputy Minister for Agriculture of Mozambique speaking on the implications of agricultural open data for developing countries at the G8 Open Data for Agriculture conference on Monday in Washington, D.C.¬† Governments in developed countries are working hard to make agriculture data open for others and accessible to farmers. ¬†The…
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Plantwise Uganda to add thirty plant doctors to their pool

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¬†Contributed by Jane Frances Asaba¬†and Joseph Mulema, both CABI Africa, and Phil Taylor, CABI Egham-UK¬† Plantwise has been operating in Uganda for 8 years, throughout which progress in setting up plant clinics with partners has been slow but steady.¬†¬†Recently, things¬†are really taking off; extension workers being¬†instructed to attend courses by their superiors, and their role…
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