Plant Health Clinics (PHC) have been established within national extension agencies, to assist in the sharing of relevant research expertise between Pacific Island communities. The clinics, through the training of plant doctors, PHC and the development of the PestNet app; the Pacific island region has increased its capacity to identify and manage the pests and diseases threatening important crop species.
Plant doctors are trained in pest and disease identification, as well as other agronomic issues to ensure that appropriate management advice is provided.
Plant Health Clinics are orchestrated to allow local farmers the opportunity to bring in specimens for identification by specially trained plant doctors, who can then provide appropriate management advice.
This process is supported by the PestNet app. More information about this app can be found here.