Wel Come to Plant Clinic Nepal

What is Plant Clinic?
Plants grow under the mercy of nature so are vulnerable to various problems aroused by unfavorable conditions which leads to occurrence of diseases and pests. These diseases and pests, left unchecked, will in turn, result to loss of yields of various crops of economic importance. So to favors the farmers in order to cope with these enemies of plants, a concept of plant clinic emerged into light. Plant clinics are the clinics designed to provide plant disease diagnostic and recommendation services for anyone from home owners to commercial growers. The services in plant clinics include thorough examination and analysis of sample plant materials for fungal, bacterial, viral and nematodal pathogens. It focuses on controlling pests and diseases; maintaining the soil health and encouraging healthy agricultural practices to improve the plant and soil health, since healthy soil is for healthy plants and healthy plant is for healthy people.

Why Plant Clinic?

Sticking to the fact that almost 66% of Nepalese depends upon agriculture for their livelihood, agriculture has major contribution to the economy of Nepal. But several reasons, i.e. lack of appropriate technology, inaccessibility to agricultural inputs and post harvest loss, farmers are not able to get optimum benefits from their farming. Moreover, farmers have limited or no access to advisory services, diagnostic laboratories and have less ideas of doing agriculture in proper and sustainable ways. They are totally dependent upon the retailers running agro-vets for the treatment of the diseased and pest affected plants and the recommendations they get are not safe enough to be relied upon and hence, diseases, insects and soil health are deteriorating the entire crop health. Thus, to deal with these problems in more practical and effective way, plant clinics are highly needed for problem diagnosis and to provide basic information and guidelines to farmers.

1. Reduce crop loss due to insect and disease
2. Minimizing the indiscriminate use of agrochemical
3. Dissemination of appropriate plant protection technology
4. Provide efficient plant health services to the resource poor to commercial growers
5. Provide services on soil health related problems