Dir agri Jmu for constant monitoring of plant clinics

Dir agri Jmu for constant monitoring of plant clinics
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JAMMU: There is a need for constant monitoring of ongoing plant clinics for effective mitigation of plant insect pests and diseases problems, this was stated by Director Agriculture Jammu, Hari Krishan Razdan here on Saturday while speaking at the inaugural of one day Consultative Forum Members Meeting under CABI’s Plant wise Programme jointly organised by Department of Agriculture, and Centre for Agricultural Bioscience International (CABI), South Asia.
He impressed upon training of plant doctors to “update knowledge about various aspects of the pest data management” alongwith training for second line of plant doctors to “enhance their skills on handling and managing data” which shall be very useful to forecast the pest incidence and to “take preventive measures to advise the farmers”, an official handout read.
During the programme, the achievements of year 2017 that included establishment of 16 plant clinics in three districts Jammu, Kathua and Samba of Jammu and Kashmir were highlighted. These clinics, backed with tablets and USB microscopes to operate under ICT system for quick and readily available advisory platform, are linked to a system known as “Plantwise Online Management System” (POMS), a platform for complete database of plant pest and diseases was also showcased during the meeting.