Facts and figures:
Clinics first established: 2010
Current number of clinics: 23
M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation (MSSRF)
Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA)
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:
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.”
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.
Professor M. S. Swaminathan visiting a plant clinic in operation
Plant clinic at the MSSRF Village Resource Centre
Woman plant doctor advises farmers at one Indian plant clinic