Dec 28, 2022
Low production of agricultural crops due to pests and diseases poses serious threat to food security. Thus, to help support for timely diagnostic and management strategies to combat yield loss due to pests and diseases, PIWAAI includes extension services such as plant clinic to prevent losses and increase productivity of the farmers. On 27th December 2022, ISAP conducted the first day of plant clinic at ISAP office in Jyamire, Melamchi. Two experts, Mr. Rajiv Das Rajbhandari, Senior Plant Protection Officer and Mr. Bibek Sunar, Plant Protection Officer from Central Agricultural Laboratory examined and diagnosed samples brought in by 42 farmers from the region and recommended solutions for the plant’s proper growth and development and enhancing agricultural knowledge as well.
Various samples such as tomato, cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, capsicum, walnut, pomelo etc., suffering from disease and insect pest attacks were brought. Common seasonal problems in tomatoes caused by root knot nematode, aphids and tomato leaf minor were seen. Likewise, in cauliflower phosphorus deficiency was highly diagnosed where remedies such as incorporating soil with leaves of Lantana camara before cultivation, intercropping with marigold, application of insecticides like imidacloprid, hexaconazole, use of trap/lure along with application of recommended dose of fertilizer were suggested.
The second day of Plant Clinic is happening in Balefi.
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