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A woman looks into an insect trap in front of a backdrop of carefully planted tomatoes.

Pabitra Sharma is a Community Business Facilitator (CBF) and Plant Doctor in B-Gaun, Banke District Nepal. CBF Pabitra earns a commission on agro sales, including safe bio products for plant protection and she provides training to 585 smallholder customers (410 are women). Pabitra is observing a customer’s pheromone funnel trap with Spodo-lure for the tobacco caterpillar that attacks tomatoes, right is a yellow sticky trap. Climate change increases risk by making plant disease and pest problems worse. Pabitra earns $1,400/year working part time. Pabitra’s 585 customers earn over $430/year selling vegetables, in aggregate over $208,000/year, greatly benefiting the community. Pabitra was trained to be CBF by the USAID IPM Innovation Lab (IPM-IL, 2015-19) led Globally by Virginia Tech and in Nepal by partner iDE. Pabitra uses Integrated Pest Management (IPM) recommendations developed by the IPM-IL working with Government. The IPM-IL in partnership with the global CABI Plant Wise program trained Pabitra and 43 other CBFs to become Plant Doctors. Plant Doctors receive intensive training, have access to online databases, and are backstopped by Nepal’s plant protection services. Pabitra as a Plant Doctor conducts regular Plant Clinics in her community diagnosing samples. (Photo by Bimala Rai Colavito, iDE Volunteer, November 13, 2019.

Pabitra Sharma, plant doctor

Copyright © 2019 Bimala Rai Colavito

Country Nepal

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