Parthenium awareness programme organized at ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources, New Delhi on August 21, 2021

Date Posted: 21-08-2021

The Parthenium Awareness Programme was organized on 21st August, 2021 at ICAR-National Bureau of Plant Genetic Resources (NBPGR), New Delhi under Awareness Week (16-22 August 2021). In this program Dr. V. Celia Chalam, Head and Dr. Mool Chand Singh, Principal Scientist (Weed Science), Division of Plant Quarantine, ICAR-NBPGR briefed about its introduction, characteristics and ill effects. Dr. Ashok Kumar, Director, ICAR-NBPGR, while addressing the staff told that Parthenium has become one of the rampant weeds throughout the globe causing enormous damage to agricultural productivity, human and animal health and biodiversity. In India, it has assumed serious proportions in the cropped and non-cropped lands, city dwellings, rail roadsides and also in institutional areas spoiling the aesthetic, recreational and utility value of the surroundings. Management of this obnoxious weed requires collective and continuous efforts through awareness and adoption of integrated approach. Subsequently Dr. Ashok Kumar and Dr. Celia Chalam lead the entire staff of the institute to participate in this activity of uprooting live Parthenium plants as a component of “Swatchh Bharat Abhiyan” to ensure a “Parthenium-free campus. The ICAR-NBPGR, New Delhi is now a “Parthenium-free campus”. The entire program of removing Parthenium plants from campus was coordinated by Dr. Celia Chalam and Dr. Mool Chand Singh, Division of Plant Quarantine.

(Source Dr V Celia Chalam, Head, Division of Plant Quarantine ICAR-NBPGR)