May 31, 2022
Plant Clinic, an agricultural extension program under the PIWAAI project was successfully conducted in Balefi, Sunkoshi and Melamchi. With an aim to provide timely diagnostic and management strategies to combat yield losses due to pests and diseases, the plant clinic had Mr. Ram Krishna Subedi, Senior Plant Protection Officer, and Mr. Tej Prasad Subedi, Chief from Agriculture Knowledge Center, Dhulikhel as plant doctors.
Balefi, Sunkoshi and Melamchi Plant Clinic served almost 50, 75, and 89 farmers respectively. Majorly discovered from samples brought in by farmers had Fusarium wilt in pepper, and Fall armyworm in maize. Nutrient deficiencies, downy mildew, and powdery mildew in many cucurbit samples were also observed. In addition, club roots and stem borer and fusarium were also discovered majorly.
Three days of plant clinic has supported in providing early diagnosis of pests and diseases, and solved farmer’s technical problems, and pest management to minimize the crop losses.
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