Plantwise activities were launched in Pakistan in 2011, and the government has placed the programme firmly at the heart of national research and plant health activities. Plant clinics are now running regularly in the districts of Sheikhupura, Gujranwala and Bahawalpur in the Punjab province, providing local farmers with advice on how to prevent crop damage from pests and diseases. In a typical day, agricultural officers and a field assistant run the clinic together. If they work in a cotton and sugarcane growing region, they need to know a lot about those crops, and the pests that affect these particular crops. Pakistan is one country where what we call the 'data management system' is running smoothly to support plant doctors to make informed diagnosis and provide quality advice. In this system, data from the plant clinic prescriptions is recorded, consolidated and analysed for vital information on emerging pests, farmer needs and of course, quality of advice provided. This information is helping Pakistan target training and effectively use what resources are available to their fullest.
Knowledge Bank page for Pakistan