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In Sri Lanka challenges to agricultural development continue to evolve alongside global markets, climate change and technological innovations. Building a highly adaptable plant health system around plant clinics and regular plant clinic data management can support farmers to face new challenges- this is also seen as a positive step for economic growth. One concern from Dr. D. B T Wijeratne, the Additional Secretary (Agriculture Technology) of the Ministry of Agriculture, and a major proponent of Plantwise at policy-level in Sri Lanka, was the urgent need for safe pest management advice in order to reduce the threat of acute pesticide poisoning for farmers, their families and their wider communities. Working with Plantwise, Dr Wijeratne hopes that sound advice could reach farmers at the right time. “The message has to go to the farmers. Because farmers don’t know how to use pesticides, they misuse, overuse as well as abuse,” says Mr Wijeratne. “Plantwise fills a need,” agrees Mr M.U.P. Jayasundara, Agricultural Officer with the Plant Protection Service, the national implementing partner. “We can use the plant doctor prescription sheet as a requirement to show the agro-dealers to receive inputs, providing checks and balances.”

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