16-20 October 2012,Jabalpur
The Directorate of Weed Science Research organized a five-day national training programme during October 16-20, 2012, on the 'Advancement in Weed Management Techniques' for agriculture/ATMA officers, achiever farmers and NGOs of Uttar Pradesh. During the inaugural session, Dr. P. K. Singh, Principal Scientist and Coordinator, explained the purpose of the training while welcoming participants and guests. He briefed the programmes to be conducted in the technical sessions. Mr. B. P. Tripathi, the chief guest of the inaugural programme and Joint Director Agriculture, MP Government, outlined the yield loss being caused by weeds in some major crops, viz. soybean and wheat in MP, and expressed his satisfaction for this training programme indicating its relevancy in the present day agriculture. Dr. A.P. Shrivastava, the special guest and Joint Director Agriculture, UP Government, opined that there is urgent need to train the officials to properly equip the farmers with modern weed management technologies. Dr. A.R. Sharma, the Director of DWSR, categorically explained how weeds are harming crop production both quantitatively and qualitatively. He advised the house to lead the farmers to get rid of weeds to provide food security and to conserve our biodiversity. He also gave a vivid description on the challenges and opportunities of weed management in Indian agriculture.
In the technical session total 15 lectures broadly covering all aspects of advanced weed management were delivered by the scientists from the Directorate as well as from JNKV. Total 5 practical sessions were conducted in respect to weed identification, spraying techniques, mechanical weeding tools, use of GIS/GPS weed survey database and weed identification kits, compost making using weed biomass and biocontrol agents. The trainees were also taken to the FLD/OFT sites of the adopted villages to show performance of the improved weed management technologies in the farmers field .
Dr. RP Singh, Ex Director, PDFSR, and Secretary General, IAUA, chaired the closing ceremony of the 5-day National Training Programme on October 20, 2012. On this occasion he inaugurated the Knowledge Management Services on Weed Management through SMS being introduced by DWSR for farmers of the country and other end users. He also threw lights about the impact of green revolution on Indian agriculture and related socio-economic scenario. In his concluding remarks, he opined that the programme will be really successful only if the participants implement the knowledge gained by them during the training in the farmers' fields. The programme ended with the certificate distribution to the participants and vote of thanks.