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Plantwise in Bangladesh

Plantwise in Bangladesh

Plant clinics in Bangladesh: are farmers losing less and feeding more? (PDF)

Agriculture accounts for around one-third of Bangladesh’s gross domestic product and more than 30% of money earned from exporting to other countries. Pests destroy between 10% and 25% of harvests, despite the estimated 49,000 tonnes of pesticides used by farmers every year.

In Bangladesh, a 2017 study has revealed that farmers who regularly attend CABI Plantwise plant clinics are more likely than non-users to be able to identify and manage crop problems, as well as increase crop yields and profitability. With increased knowledge of improved farm practices, plant clinic users are also having to rely less on chemical fertilisers to manage pests and diseases.

  • 4,046 queries were recorded across 30 plant clinics between January 2015 and April 2017.

  • 100% of plant clinic users felt their ability to quickly identify crop problems had increased, compared to 16% of non-users.

  • Plant clinic users were 4.6 times more likely to indicate that their farm management knowledge had increased compared to non-users.

  • 93% of plant clinic users fully implemented the advice they received from plant doctors; 100% of these users stated that the advice worked well in tackling crop health problems.

  • 80% of plant clinic users stated that the frequency with which they used pesticide sprays had decreased.

  • 100% of plant clinic users experienced yield increases, with 84% stating that the plant clinic had played a major role.

  • 73% of plant clinic users said their overall profitability had increased as a result of attending the clinic.