With the support of the State Government of Madhya Pradesh, under an RKVY scheme, a 6-day training programme on Plantwise modules was conducted at the Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA), Jabalpur, in technical collaboration with CABI.
The training programme was scheduled in 2-modules with an objective of building skills of experts as Plant Doctors on ‘Field diagnostics & operation of plant clinics’ and ‘Giving good recommendations’. This high-level training was imparted to experts from local extension agencies like State Department of Agriculture, JNKV, BISA, NGOs and other related agencies. Training was facilitated by Dr. Shalik Ram Adhikari and Dr. Vinod Pandit from CABI, and Dr. Pankaj Singh from BISA.
The programme focused on guiding the extension experts through processes and principles to arrive on accurate diagnoses of pests on crops and providing safe advice to farmers through the establishment of community level plant clinics at farmers’ door steps. Plant clinics, supported by the Plantwise Knowledge Bank, are found to be an effective and economically relevant approach to minimize crop losses by providing an on-the-spot advisory service to farmers. The Plantwise Knowledge Bank hosts information about various crop pests and diseases and is accessible both offline and online.
Experts, trained as plant doctors, were also guided on the processes of establishing plant clinics at the field level and conducted a live plant clinic on 12th February in Tilgawa village in the district of Jabalpur. A number of farmers were informed prior to the event so they could bring infested samples to the clinic and get advice from plant doctors under the guidance of training facilitators.