Agriculture

Western farmers undergo plant health clinic program

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Research division held their first ever plant health clinic program in the Western Division last week. The one day program which was held opposite the Nadi market gave the farmers an opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge in regards to pest and disease control on the plants. Acting Senior Research Officer […]

Salote Qalubau

June 12, 2016 7:13 am

The Ministry of Agriculture’s Research division held their first ever plant health clinic program in the Western Division last week.

Farmers gather at the Agriculture desk opposite Nadi market for pest control measures. (DEPTFO)
Farmers gather at the Agriculture desk opposite Nadi market for pest control measures. (DEPTFO)

The one day program which was held opposite the Nadi market gave the farmers an opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge in regards to pest and disease control on the plants.

Acting Senior Research Officer Entomology Toloi Vasuidreketi said farmers are being challenged with the discovery of new pests on their farm.

 VASUIDREKETI: “We have seen a bigger and improved clinic program in Nadi and there are a lot of farmers coming to us with their samples. Farmers who have disease, insects and weeds on their farm, can come to us and we provide advice on the management and mitigation of plant pests and diseases.”

Acting SRO Entomology Toloi Vasuidreketi (right) demonstrating on how to control taro beetle to the participants of the training. (DEPTFO)
Acting SRO Entomology Toloi Vasuidreketi (right) demonstrating on how to control taro beetle to the participants of the training. (DEPTFO)

Mr Vasuidreketi added that there were plans to implement the phase by phase pest control initiative in the northern division.

 VASUIDREKETI: “We are planning to hold a similar training programme in Vanua Levu from 20th June and we’re looking at centres in Nabouwalu, Savusavu and Labasa.”

Pita Lebira a farmer of Solovi in Nadi said the program is vital to farmers in safeguarding plant health.

LEBIRA: “Sometimes we farmers just depend on our knowledge but there is lot we have learnt from the Ministry of Agriculture which gives us an idea on how to better control pest and weeds on our farm.”

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