In 2005, FUNICA and the Global Plant Clinic established four pilot mobile plant clinics (Puestos para Plantas) in the Segovias, northern Nicaragua, to respond to farmer demand for advice on plant protection.
At a plant clinic, 'plant doctors' examine sick plants, make a diagnosis and give a management recommendation. This simple community service is based on local skills, designed to meet the specific needs of clients quickly and at low cost. It is a public service, open to everyone.
This book (in Spanish) presents experiences from the first year and some tools on how to manage a mobile plant clinic. With the skills and networks now in place, there is a good foundation for the clinic model to be spread to other parts of Nicaragua.
There is also an English edition of this book.
Fundación para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Agropecuario y Forestal de Nicaragua (FUNICA), Nicaragua, 46 pp.