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Why and How to use My Farm Info Plant Doctor?

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates indicate that pests and diseases are responsible for about 25% of global crop losses. Estimates show that diseases typically reduce plant yields by 10% every year even in developed settings, this loss often exceeds 20% in less developed settings. This information places crucial impact on disease identification and immediate solution for budding crops and this is exactly where My Farm Info Plant Doctor has helped many farmers.

Without proper identification of the disease in the crop and the disease-causing agent, the disease control measures can be a complete waste of time and money and may even lead to further plant losses.

Farmers have resorted to using many of their own methods for disease prevention and control. This often includes using myriad number of pesticides and insecticides. This not only is an added expenditure, but at times is not sufficient enough for disease prevention. When used in excess these chemicals lead to more harm than good in the long-term.

It is therefore vital to get the Proper disease diagnosis done. My Farm Info Plant Doctor is a 24×7 service made specially available to Indian farmers to serve this very purpose.

Role Played By Plant Doctor:

While the science of plant pathology is continually advancing to improve disease control, and keep up with changes in diseases, plant diseases still cause major economic losses for farmers worldwide. As such keeping track of the disease symptoms along with its causal factors and cure for a everyday farmer is a tough task.

Losses be it catastrophic or chronic, on average account for 42% of the production of the six most important food crops.

Powdery Mildew. a bio-tropic fungus. Image Source: By Pollinator at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1293306

Then there are Losses incurred due diseases which occur post-harvest. These can be disastrous, especially when farms are a long way from markets and infrastructure and supply chain practices are poor.

It is here that a service like My Farm Info Plant Doctor has a crucial role to play. My Farm Info by itself is a very helpful resource towards minimizing losses and better farm practices. The Plant Doctor is something started off with the purpose that farmers get the adequate and responsive technical support they need.

Plant Doctor is India’s first real time plant disease diagnosis service available 24/7 and Free of cost for Indian farmers.

Usually farmers spend lakhs of Rupees over the years on disease management, often without adequate technical support, resulting in poor disease control, pollution and harmful results.

The My Farm Info Plant Doctor brings expert help within reach of every farmer at any period of time.

How to Use My Farm Info Plant Doctor:

Proceed to My Farm Info and check out Plant Doctor in the Useful Services section. To proceed right now click here.

This will open up a Form like this, where you will be required to Enter details like Name, Phone Number, E-mail, Address and Message you want to convey.

The My Farm Info team will then connect with you and take the process forward in earnest. From disease diagnosis and identifying causal factors to treatment and prevention all help and guidelines will be made available. This, helps the farmer taken on the disease in a targeted manner instead of the earlier arbitrary approach.

Alternatively, the Indian farmers can also just click a picture of the infected plant part and Whatsapp it to- 8808266706.

The service is free and available 24/7 real-time for Indian farmers. This is a very useful resource for farmers.

Additional Diseases about Plant Diseases:

Controlling plant diseases is crucial for reliable production of food, food security and makes agricultural use of land, water, fuel significantly efficient.

Root knot Nematode galls. Source: Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2189202

While the plant diseases are many and vary from species to species the causal agents are more or less among these following six types:

  • Fungi: Fungi can spread long distance when their spores get transported via wind, water or they may be soil borne. Fungal diseases can be controlled via fungicides and other farming practices. But these often evolve and get resistant to fungicide being used. Powdery mildew,  rot, wilting are a few examples of fungal symptoms.
  • Bacteria: Most bacteria associated with plants do not harm the plant itself. Only around 100 known species are the cause of bacterial disease
  • Viruses and Virus like Organisms: Under normal circumstances these only cause loss in overall yield. This makes it economically nonviable to control them other than in cases where they infect perennial species such as fruit trees.
  • Nematodes: These infect the roots of the plants and parasite on the whole system. This directly affects the plant growth.

Others include Protozoa, Algae & Parasitic Plants.

Farmers find use of Plant Doctor to handle the disease problem very efficient and cost-effective.

What you need to know about field crop diseases and how to prevent it

Field Crop diseases leads to at least 10-30% of losses on the global food production. Agrios (2004) estimated that annual losses by crop disease cost a whopping US$ 220 billion. Field Crop diseases are a threat to food security.

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Crop disease can be fungal, viral or bacterial in nature. Understanding the types of diseases can help you to diagnose problems and take preventive steps. Symptoms of a plant disease may include a visible change in the color, shape or the function of the plant. This happens as it responds to the pathogen. Leaf wilting for example is caused by the fungal plant pathogens such as Verticillium albo-atrum and V. dahliae. If it is a bacterial infection, you will notice born lesions surrounded by yellow halo on the margin of the leaves of the plant.

Fungal diseases

Fungal diseases can be soil-borne, air-borne or even seed-borne. The symptoms of each of these diseases are distinctive.

Seed Borne Diseases

Brown left spot, commonly spotted in Rice
Stem rust, commonly spotted in Wheat and
Red rot in the case of Sugarcane and

Air Borne Diseases

Coffee Rust
Blast of Rice and
Rust of wheat, that appears in black, brown or yellow color.

Soil Borne Diseases

Green Ear Disease, commonly spotted in Bajra
Smut, again spotted in Bajra
Tikka disease seen in groundnut and
Late blight of potato

Some of the other fungal disease are Downy mildew (affects grapes, bajra, radish, cabbage, turnip etc), White rust, Powdery mildew, Footrot (affects paddy and papaya) and Bean rust (affects pulses)

Viral Diseases

Some of the common viral diseases are leaf curl in papaya and tomato, red leaf in carrots, leaf roll and mosaic in potato and tobacco mosaic.

Bacterial Diseases

Bacterial diseases can be commonly found in rice, wheat, potato and som variety of fruits such as apple, pear, cherries and peaches. It appears in the form of crown gall in fruits, tundu disease in wheat, ring or brown rot in potatoes and as blight in rice.

And then there are plant pests such as paddy bug, stem borer and brown planthopper in rice. No wonder that Field Crop diseases are leading to 10-30% of losses on the global food production.

In order to help the agricultural sector and improve overall productivity, My farm Info, an innovative platform is developed to prevent and mitigate crop losses for Farmer, Insurance Company and Government Stakeholders. The value of a successful crop is much higher than the cost of it’s production that is being covered by insurance. Therefore prevention and mitigation is a necessity in today’s day and age.

The Pradhan Mantri Fasal Bima Yojana aims to stabilize the income of farmers to ensure their continuance in farming.. They also encourage farmers to adopt to innovative and modern agricultural practices that will help them in a getting steady revenue.

Why use MyfarmInfo?

My Farm Info aims to show results within a season and by using this platform, farmers will now be able to reap benefits within the same season. Farmers are geo-tagged for and their precise field details can be viewed by hovering over the farm location on Myfarminfo.

Its services include Infrastructure Repair, that begins 30 days before the start of a season, Desilting & Canal Repair Programs in those areas with recurrent losses caused by canal branches, timely sowing and accurate information dissemination from their platform.

The platform also provides early warning systems on weather change such as drought, cyclone, flood or on crop diseases. It helps in providing information on the right crops to sow, based on long term forecasts & soil moisture maps

Did you know?

Even a 15 days delay in sowing cotton can cause high amount of losses?

Disease and weed management is controlled and prevented by effective SMS alerts with curative advice that are sent to farmers and district officials. Plant Doctor is another service available on whatsapp for farmers to consult and get advice on crop diseases and how to prevent them. Based on the requirement, pesticides are made available with local dealers and farmers can easily order for mechanised spraying in selected districts.

Soil Information including Cation Exchange Capacity, Clay Content, Soil pH and comprehensive soil data are provided to help farmer make optimum cultivation decisions.


Farmers can now plan their field irrigation using soil moisture data. This kind of information provides vital insights in planing cultivation.

Crop Management Solutions provide nutrition advisory for crops ensuring that there are no oversight throughout its life cycle.

Not only that, Cyclone, floods and water logging prone areas are identified using remote sensors, monitored regularly to update farmers, village officials on the any change that may affect their crops. Desilting of canals are done before the flood time.

My Farm Info is a world class value added service for agriculture loss prevention in India.