Shrinkage of arable land due to an ever-increasing population and the incidence of disease have become stumbling blocks in improving agricultural production and, consequently rural prosperity. This can be achieved by increasing productivity on one hand and by avoiding losses from diseases and pests on the other. In order to ensure sustainability, we have to aim for judicious pesticide application and also rely upon integrated pest management, biotechnology and organic farming. Establishment of organized plant clinics independently or under an Agricultural Information Technology Centre shall go a long way to identifying the problem and adopting suitable measures on the recommendation of the practitioner or consultant.
While development of well-proven, viable, socio-economically acceptable technology would be a continuous process, more importantly their speedy transfer must become a regular feature. Suitable blends of traditional tools such as training, demonstration, print and electronic-media with sophisticated computer-aided technology can be employed for effective transfer of plant pathology knowledge. Repeated dissemination of information through different tools is thumb rule of extension. Satellite channels, radio etc. must be employed to broadcast disease forecast together with weather forecasts. Game and quiz shows on plant protection must be frequently organized together with other regular features related with plant protection. Knowledge transfer and feed-back from farmers can be profitably employed in protecting crops from the ravages of diseases and augmenting agricultural production from limited land, thereby ensuring rural prosperity as well as food security to ever-growing population.