From 17-19/5/2016, Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) and Centre of Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) co-organized training course on field diagnosis and plant clinic operation & giving good recommendations. The course was for the staff, involving in plant protection of Western Highland Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute (WASI) and Dak Lak Plant Production and Protection Sub-Department (Dak Lak PPPSD). It was included in Plantwise Programme of CABI with the target to train new plant doctors for new Plant Clinics in Vietnam.
Attendees of the opening day of the course at WASI were: Dr. Tran Danh Suu- Deputy Director, in charge of the Department of Information (VAAS), Dr. Truong Hong - Director of WASI, Mr. Nguyen Huy Phat – Director of Dak Lak PPSD, Mrs. Vu Thi Thanh Binh – Deputy Director of Dak Lak PPSD, the trainers from CABI (Dr. Low Ying Chiang, Mr. Chan Fook Wing) and Viet Nam (Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Truc, SOFRI); and 20 trainees from WASI and Dak Lak PPSD.
During this 3-day workshop, participants learned how to identify the cause of plant health problems using field diagnosis, how to run plant clinics and to give farmers effective, practical and safe recommendations for managing plant health problems.
Plantwise Project has started its activities in Vietnam since 2012 and during the past 4 years, 20 Plant clinics were established in 4 provinces: Hung Yen, Vinh Phuc, Son La and Tien Giang. More than 80 Plant doctors have been trained and were capable for giving advice to farmers in different issues related to plant health.
In 2016, the Project will be operated in Dak Lak – the province representing Highland sub-region of Central Vietnam. It is also the region with coffee and black pepper as main crops, which are two of the most important exporting crops of Vietnam.
Hopefully this short course could provide practical and useful knowledge to trainees. With sharing skills, knowledge and experiences, furthermore, these new plant doctors will fulfill their job in helping farmers to control and manage pests and diseases.