In the framework of the Project Plantwise- Plant Clinics in Vietnam, a training course on validation, processing and analysis of data was co-organized by Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences (VAAS) and the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) from 12-14/7/2016 at VAAS headquarter. The training provided the participants with capacity and knowledge at international qualification in order to operate Plant clinics, to manage and to use data on pests in Vietnam.
Attended in the training course were plant protection staff of research institutions as Plant Quarantine Diagnostic Centre (PQDC – Plant Protection Department – MARD), Plant Protection Research Institute (PPRI), Southern Fruit Research Institute (SOFRI), The Western Highland Agriculture & Forestry Technical Institute (WASI), The Research & Development Center for High Technology Agriculture (HCM city) and the staff of Plant Protection Sub-Department of the provinces Hung Yen, Vinh Phuc, Son La, Tien Giang and Dak Lak.
During 3-day training workshop, participants learnt how to validate Plantwise diagnoses and recommendations and how to analyze data from Vietnam stored on the Plantwise Knowledge bank. This activity is useful and necessary for the staff working in plant protection because they can examine and evaluate skills and qualifications of Plant doctors and also can have an overall vision and panorama picture about pest and diseases of each plant in each region of the project. Thus, the need for training of Plant doctors could be identified with the aim to enhance their skills and knowledge, to diagnose more accurately pests, and to improve the quality of advice helping farmers prevent effectively pests and diseases, while ensuring safety for people and environment.
With the enthusiasm of Dr. Philip Taylor (Expert of CABI - UK) and Dr. Low Ying Chiang (CABI Southeast Asia - Malaysia) and the effort and excited acquiring new knowledge of the participants, the training workshop has obtained good results.
Certainly, the professional knowledge that Vietnam officials learned from this course will be useful for their work. It will help them improving their knowledge, experiences on pest and disease management, giving better advice to farmers in pest and disease prevention, using plant protection chemicals in safe way, and therefore indirectly contributing to reduce yield loss and to raise farmers' incomes. That was the conclusion of Dr. Tran Danh Suu- Vice Project Manager of Plantwise Vietnam.