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women farmers wait to see a plant doctor at plant clinic in india

Building partnerships for plant clinic expansion in India

The Ministry of Agriculture, Government of India, and MSSRF are supporting the establishment of the plant clinics in order to empower local farmers to deal with endemic pests and plant health problems, and help create an early warning system for those pests that are spreading.

New plant clinics have been established across Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Maharashtra, in addition to holding a high-level round table for next steps to expand the breadth and impacts already seen with Plantwise activities in the country. There have been cluster meetings to link key actors and exchange knowlege of plant health challenges and solutions across the system.

In addition the Plantwise programme has made several key achievements in the country, including:

  • Creating 30 factsheets for farmers
  • Establishing a plant clinic concept that appears to be hugely popular with farmers. In Tamil Nadu area of Varagoor, one clinic helped farmers to save 5.9 tons paddy from cases of rice blast, which 46 samples brought in and diagnosed. This increased trust of the plant clinics due to the quality, timely advice
  • Gaining the appreciations and endorsement of the country’s prime NGO
  • The Deputy Director General of Agriculture Extension has also proposed to upscale the clinics in remote areas  
     

Secretary of MoA Bahuguna noted at the New Delhi roundtable that in order to scale up these results, “it is instrumental that Plantwise makes a strong link to the extension machinery of state governments and make it a national programme.”

 

Case Study Video

Valli, 53, a rice paddy farmer from Puducherry was searching for a ray of hope to save her crops. She visited a local plant clinic and found out their were practical steps she could take to fight back against plant pests in order to better provide for her family.

Valli from Puducherry talks about her plant clinic visit- video

 

Snapshots of Plantwise in India

Prof. M. Swaminathan discussing approaches with ICAR

Professor M. S. Swaminathan visiting a plant clinic in operation

Plant clinic at the MSSRF village resource center

Plant clinic at the MSSRF Village Resource Centre

 

Lady farmers consult male and female plant doctors

Woman plant doctor advises farmers at one Indian plant clinic

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