Self- medication kills!! and worst is if the advice flows from a mind vested with intention of self-interest. For decades, the farmers have no other go but the local input dealer shop to share his concern and take a solution. The local extension with its best effort could not possibly reach millions of advice seekers for whom the burgeoning issues of crop loss due to pest and disease are becoming unmanageable. Plantwise, a programme that works with national plant health systems through establishing sustainable networks of local plant clinics addresses this problem effectively argues Dr. Malvika Choudhary.
Dr. Malvika Chaudhary, Regional Coordinator – Plantwise Asia has over 15 years of experience in developmental projects implementing IPM and also research and development of bio pesticides (M.Chaudhary@cabi.org)