Jabalpur, 22 August 2016.
The Directorate of Weed Research organized a country-wide programme ‘Parthenium Awareness Week’ from 16 to 22 August, 2016 by involving State Agricultural Universities (SAUs), Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVKs), State Agricultural Departments, institutes of ICAR, AICRP centres of Weed Management, many NGOs, municipalities, schools and colleges.
To facilitate the organizers, posters and extension materials,especially developed for this occasion, were distributed to about 1100 stakeholders with the appeal to multiply and develop more such material in regional languages for further distribution among people. Activities like awareness, lectures, photo exhibitions, farmers’ meetings, students’ rallies, uprooting, and demonstrations on Parthenium management were done throughout India. These events were covered by print and electronic media, which resulted in creating awareness among people about this dreaded weed.
This programme was found highly successful in creating awareness and educating the people about the ill effects of Parthenium and the techniques of its management.
The Parthenium hysterophorus (Family: Asteraceae), locally called gajar ghas or Congress grass, is an alien weed which entered into India along with wheat imported from the United States of America in the early 1950s. Since then it has spread alarmingly and invaded about 35 million hectares of land throughout the country. The weed is responsible for causing many diseases like skin allergy, hay fever, breathing problems in human beings and animals besides reducing agricultural productivity and causing loss of biodiversity.
(Source: ICAR- Directorate of Weed Research, Jabalpur)