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International Working Group on Plant Health Clinic

Transfer of plant pathology knowledge for rural prosperity – an Asian perspective

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Presented by Dr. MP Srivastava, as a Keynote Address at the 8th International Congress of Plant Pathology, Christchurch, New Zealand, 2 – 7 February 2003

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.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 14 October 2008 11:25

Mission Plant Health Clinic

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Plant diseases and other pests cause unprecedented losses throughout the world and pose serious threat to our food security. The losses can, however, be prevented or minimised with timely diagnostic and advisory services of plant health clinic which operate as unit of Plant Pathology Departments in India, USA and UK besides  Global Plant Clinic in Afro-Asian contries. Unfortunately we still lack organised plant clinic with its independent identity like the ones for humans and animals.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 November 2008 07:02

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