Parthenium Awareness Programme (Aug 21, 2017) at NBPGR Regional Station, Hyderabad

Date Posted: 23-08-2017

‘Parthenium Awareness Week’ is organized every year since 2004 to make farmers and general public aware about the menace of Parthenium, which is responsible for causing health problems in human beings and animals, besides deteriorating environment, loss of productivity and biodiversity.
This year, as part of the organisation of ‘Parthenium Awareness Week’ from August 16-22, 2017 we have organised Parthenium Awareness Programme at our regional Station on 21.08.17. All the staff working at the station discussed and shared our experiences with Parthenium and its ill effects as an obnoxious weed. In a bid to make our 10 acre farm Parthenium free, all the staff engaged in uprooting the parthenium plants including those in vegetative state from the bunds and cropping area. However, as an ongoing mission mode activity of the regional station we have as a team, uprooted the weed during the week. Instead of burning the uprooted plants it was decided to make compost pits and subject the biomass for composting with the technical guidance given in the information brochure from Directorate of Weed Science Research. It was also decided to continue our efforts to eradicate the weed on regular and sustained basis.