IITA trains DRC agricultural inspectors on disease diagnosis

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A three-day training workshop was held in Kamanyola, on the Ruzizi-South Kivu plain, for 15 agricultural inspectors from the Uvira and Fizi territories on the viral diseases that often attack cassava, a vital crop in most of the territories of South Kivu.

This training will enable them to acquire knowledge and skills in disease diagnosis through mobile applications, including the PlantVillage Nuru mobile application for comprehensive epidemiological surveillance, enabling the implementation of appropriate contingency measures for abundant and sustainable agricultural production in the province of South Kivu.

IITA researcher and virologist Clerisse Casinga explained how, after collection, the data is transferred directly to the servers installed at the Kalambo laboratory in the DRC, from Nigeria and the one installed in the United States of America via the smart phones given to them at the end of the training.

“IITA is implementing one of the largest agricultural recovery programs in the world, called the Agenda for Agricultural Transformation. With this in mind, we are here to train agricultural inspectors,” he explained.

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