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The Plant Health Clinic has also seen the introduction of an e-clinic with expert, Dr Grahame Jackson
Honiara, Solomon Islands – Kastom Gaden Association recently trialed its first Plant Health Clinic with farmer group Bloody Ridge. The trial has also seen the introduction of an e-clinic as part of the Plant Health Clinic.
Trainer, Esther Lodu said the participants were excited to diagnose plant disease problems with plant pathologist and PestNet moderator, Dr Grahame Jackson.
“They were happy to know that there is such help and now know how to go about caring for their plants better.”
“From this trial, Kastom Gaden Association has introduced e-clinic which has also involved participants of the ICT workshop to collect and identify pests and diseases in our model farm.”
“Participants were also introduced to Pacific Pests App which has a database of Pests and Diseases in the Pacific, and were taught how to use the app.”
“We will be developing a program to have a monthly clinic at the central market in Honiara for the farmers selling at the market.”
The activities are funded by the Farmers’ Organizations for Africa, Caribbean and Pacific (FO4ACP) Programme, a joint partnership between the European Union, Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) and Pacific Island Farmers Organisation Network (PIFON).