At the end of April, Valentine Damanet and Maxime Bonnave, from the field trials and warning system department of CARAH, were sent in mission to the Chongqing province, in the People’s Republic of China. They participated as principal trainers to a week of classes on the potato crop. This training class is part of a long term collaboration with the local public authorities. The different themes addressed were the fight against potato late blight, a problematic disease at global level, the risks and good practice for the use of pesticides and the importance of the management of soil pH.


Training class Wuxi Carah China



This training class was a huge success given that not less than 70 persons from 10 different provinces of China attended. A great recognition for the long-term collaboration between CARAH and the Wuxi County, which appears once again as a leading region for the development of potato in China.


Group picture Wuxi Carah training class China


Beside this training class, the CARAH agents note the perfect setup of a trial field that was jointly developed with the Wuxi County agricultural commission. This trial aims at measuring the effects of liming and of a magnesian fertilization on potato yield. Indeed, the results of soil analyses that were made in the CARAH laboratories showed very low pH. Low pH can severely limit the availability of nutrients for potato.


Fieldwork potato Wuxi Carah China 2


Other events will mark our collaboration this year, starting with the visit of Michel Van Koninckxloo, scientific director of CARAH and Martine Gadenne, at the beginning of June. This visit will be followed by two training classes, in July and September, respectively in China and Belgium.