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Crop losses can be minimized and specific measures or interventions can be done if plant diseases and pests incidence are diagnosed and identified early on.

With this, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in the Davao Region intensifies its early pests and diseases detection of major crops through its Mobile Pest Clinic (MBC) where farmers in remote areas can bring (at designated public places) samples of their plants and consult with a technical team consists of pathologists, entomologists, and other experts.

“It is DA-XI’s way of reaching–out not only to rice farmers but to other farmers of various crops in the region.

Corresponding management strategies or recommendations needed to address insect pests, rodents, locusts and pathogens affecting their crops will be given to the farmers,” says Regional Crop Protection Center Chief (RCPC) Marilou Infante.

Funded under the Department of Agriculture-Rice Program, the P2.37 million MBC will form part of the services of RCPC-XI.

Farmer associations that would like to avail themselves of the MBC services may coordinate with their respective local agriculture offices to facilitate the schedule of the RCPC team. | via RAFIS 11 Photo by Ronell Tangonan.