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Valli Kupuswamy, Rice farmer, India

Farmers in Puducherry, India where Valli Thakaswamy lives and works have always faced challenges. With an increasingly variable climate and the growing risk of extreme weather such as cyclones and flooding, new and worsening pest outbreaks are becoming a problem which can seem insurmountable. Valli’s rice paddy crop was wiped out by an unknown disease following Cyclone Thane. Although she borrowed money to purchase more seeds and fertilizers for the next season, again the yellowing of the leaves returned. She didn’t know what was wrong, or how to fight back. As her crop dried up, she was having trouble supporting her family as the income, too, dried up. Then Valli heard about a nearby plant clinic run through the MSSR Foundation and decided to go and see what they could do. Watch the video to hear from Valli about her Plantwise experience and what happened next.


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