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.