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Northern Agriculture Officers Receive Training On Plant Pest And Diseases

Identifying and diagnosing plant pests and diseases in the Northern Division has been made easier following the upskilling of Agriculture officers in Vanua Levu. The four-day Plant Health Clinic (PHC)
25 Jan 2019 12:29
Northern Agriculture Officers Receive Training On Plant Pest And Diseases
Participants at the four-day Plant Health Clinic (PHC) training that was held at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Seaqaqa Research Station.

Identifying and diagnosing plant pests and diseases in the Northern Division has been made easier following the upskilling of Agriculture officers in Vanua Levu.

The four-day Plant Health Clinic (PHC) training, currently being held at the Ministry of Agriculture’s Seaqaqa Research Station, will assist 19 Agriculture officers in the North.

While addressing participants, Senior Agriculture Officer Cakaudrove, IIisoni Banuve said the training would help them recognize the issue and react accordingly to assist affected farmers.

“The reason this training is being conducted was due to the fact that many farmers are not familiar with the cause of the most common problem of their crop, but problems cannot be dealt properly unless the cause is known.

“All this confusion means that it is difficult for farmers to make an informed decision about the way to control pests and diseases, and with this training, it will help Extension officers identify and have an immediate idea about the plant disease while on farms and react and advise farmers accordingly, there and then, as they may have time to cure the plant,” added Mr. Banuve.

He also highlighted that the Plant Health Clinic addressed an important issue faced by Extension officers.

“It represents a bottom-up approach to improve national plant health services as they offer at least a partial solution to the challenge of lack of resources in formal extension services.

As part of the PHC, farmers will have an opportunity on January 25 to bring in their sick samples to be checked by the plant doctors at the Seaqaqa market from 10am-12 pm.

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