Agri dept, CABI host training for plant doctors

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JAMMU: Director Agriculture Jammu, H K Razdan on Monday said there was need to widen the scope and content of ongoing plant clinics to mitigate the insect pests and disease problems of crops. He impressed upon the officers of department and CABI to educate the farmers regarding adverse effects of indiscriminate use of pesticides and their residual effect.
Razdan was speaking at the inaugural of a six day training programme for plant doctors here.
The training is being organised by Department of Agriculture Jammu in collaboration with Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI).
According to as handout, H K Razdan further asked the plant doctors to work on different aspects of the pest management including data collection, online validation, analysis and issuance of regular advisories for recommendations. He said “the data for incidence of pest and diseases generated at the plant clinics will be very useful for forecasting the pest incidence and to take preventive measures at the appropriate time”.
Presenting the preview of PLANTWISE programme, Programme Leader, CABI, South Asia, Dr Vinod Pandit informed that about 28 new officers were being trained as plant doctors that involve fresh plant doctors, already operating plant doctors who were not initially trained and back up plant doctors. “These clinics are equipped with tablets and USB microscopes to operate under ICT system which provides complete database and advisory for plant pest and diseases”, the handout read.
Agriculture Chemist, Jammu Plant Health Clinic, Jammu , R K Bindroo presented the achievements of 16 plant clinics established in three districts – Jammu, Kathua and Samba for the year 2017. He said “this programme is being extended to two new districts namely, Rajouri and Udhampur through the establishment of 8 new plant clinics”.
Brain storming training sessions covering training on Module I (Diagnosis) and Module II (Recommendations) interaction and feedback, plant doctor’s self assessment, problem diagnosis, live sample identification and presentation on future planning are the main attractions of the programme, the handout added.