The Cassava Disease Surveillance (CDS) is a virtual network for Nigeria for rapid preliminary diagnosis of cassava diseases by visual inspection of symptomatic plants submitted as ‘digital images’ by an internet enabled device such as smartphone, touch pad, computer and any other device. The CDS programs also supports follow-up inspections and laboratory testing of suspect samples for accurate diagnosis and offer solutions for prevention and management.
Ultimate aims of the CDS-Nigeria are to protect cassava crops from destructive diseases by early diagnosis and control interventions to safeguard and improve cassava yields in the farmers’ fields; and rapidly identify invasive pathogens (e.g. cassava brown streak) and preventive them from establishing in Nigeria.
The CDS-Nigeria is an open access platform managed by Nigerian Agricultural Quarantine Services (NAQS), in partnership with International Institute of Tropical Agricultural (IITA). A team of national and international experts is on the CDS-Nigeria expert panel supporting cassava disease surveillance and emergency response action plans. The platform is open all the cassava stakeholders. Interested individuals are requested to register to join the network.