Hosted by the Sichuan Department of Agriculture, a stakeholder workshop to review the progress of Plantwise in China, and develop plans for 2014 was held successfully in Sichuan on 19 October 2013. It was attended by over 30 representatives from the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture (MoA), National Agro-Technical and Extension Services Centre, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, plant protection stations of Sichuan Department of Agriculture, Beijing Department of Agriculture, Meishan Department of Agriculture, Pengshan Department of Agriculture and Qingshen Department of Agriculture, Xing’an Department of Agriculture, and CABI.
At the approval of the Steering Committee of the MoA-CABI Joint-lab for Biosafety, and thanks to the joint effort with local partners, 16 plant clinics have been piloted in Beijing, Guangxi, Sichuan and Henan, respectively since 2012 to develop suitable models, taking considerations of the Plantwise requirements, and China’s plant health and extension systems.
It was generally felt by participants that significant progress in Plantwise pilot sites has been achieved, and the Plantwise could play an important role in complimenting China’s effort in the reform of her extension systems. At her opening speech, Mme Sun Guifeng, Senior Advisor at the Ministry of Agriculture expressed their continuous support to the joint effort in seeking the best fit between the Plantwise and local practices and systems. Dr Qiaoqiao Zhang, Director of Membership at CABI echoed with Chinese counterparts that the Plantwise can only be sustained and extended in China after being regarded as a part of the national extension system. Dr Wan Min, CABI country coordinator for China gave a comprehensive review and outlined 2014 plans, followed by presentations from Sichuan, Beijing and Guangxi, which provided useful food for thought and generated lively discussions.
Since it fits very well with China’s three new principals of plant protection, that is, largely public service-oriented, environmental-friendly, and science-based plant protection, the global Plantwise programme should have a good potential in China.