On May 13th, 2019, at Long Dinh commune, Chau Thanh district, Tien Giang province, the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) in collaboration with the Southern Horticultural Research  Institute (SOFRI) and the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) organized a Cluster Meeting to share experiences in operating of Plant Clinics (PCs).

 

Attending the workshop were Dr. Malvika Chaudhary - Regional Coordinator, Plantwise Asia; Mr. Muhammad Faheem - CABI Coordinator in Vietnam; Mr. Nguyen Van Hoa - Deputy Director of SOFRI; Mrs. Pham Thi Xuan - Secretary of Plantwise Vietnam Project; Plant Doctors of Tien Giang Plant Protection Sub-Department, SOFRI and representatives of the Agricultural and Rural Television Channel (VTC16).

 

Dr. Hanh, Dr. Malvika and Mr. Faheem in discussion

 

At the meeting, the PDs shared experiences in their job, as well as expressed obstacles and difficulties in advising farmers. Hung Yen and Vinh Phuc, Tien Giang were the first provinces in Vietnam where the PCs were established. Also, the PCs there have been working very well, effectively  and  sustainably. The obtained result is not only because of strick guiding of the Directorial Board of the SOFRI and Tien Giang Plant Protection Sub-Department but also is the efforts and enthusiasm of the PDs who are voluntarily in advising and helping farmers.

 

Speech of PD in Tien Giang Plant Protection Sub-Department

 

In the afternoon, the meeting with private sectors was conducted with the presence of representatives from some big companies such as Bayer Vietnam, Sygenta Vietnam, Sumitomo Chemical, Ca Mau Fertilizer Company and Loc Troi Group. The private companies expressed their desire to cooperate with VAAS’s member institutions to establish and operate Plant Clinics to advise farmers who are their customers.

 

Discussion with privates companies

 

After the meeting, delegates visited the PCs in Tan My Chanh commune - My Tho city and Phu Quy commune - Cai Lay town and exchanged experiences with local people.

 

PC in Tan My Chanh commune- My Tho city

 

Using iPad in Plant Clinic Session

 

Interviewing a farmer at her durian garden

 

In the coming time, the training courses for PDs to update new techniques in plant protection for advising farmers correctly and effectively will be organized by VAAS’s member institutions. The purpose is to help farmers minimizing losses caused by pests and diseases, contributing to improving productivity and economic efficiency in agricultural production./.

 

Delegates of the Meeting