Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial ,Vice-Chancellor, CSKHPAU asks students to create awareness to eradicate Parthenium weed

Prof. Ashok Kumar Sarial, Vice-Chancellor,CSK H.P. Agriculture University has called for concerted efforts to control parthenium, an obnoxious weed which was wide spread in cropped and non-cropped areas of the State. The Vice-Chancellor was addressing students at Govt. Senior Secondary School at village Tatehal(Panchrukhi), 10 KMs from here on 23 August. He said that weeds like parthenium reduce crop yields but if controlled properly then such weeds can be put to use by making its organic manure. Such manure can be used in Kitchen garden to grow vegetables and also in the gardens of school premises. He asked the students to make their parents and villagers aware about the harmful effects of weeds and help them by uprooting it.The Vice-Chancellor also suggested to the teachers that weeds eradication campaigns can be initiated in the schools to make the surroundings beautiful and eradicate harmful weeds. He appreciated the efforts of scientists for creating awareness about such obnoxious weeds and asked the farmers to collectively eradicate weeds from their fields and surroundings. Prof Sarial also distributed prizes to the winners of various competitions organized to mark the occasion. Dr.Dinesh Badiyala, Dean, College of Agriculture who is also Principal Investigator of All India Coordinated Research Project on Weed Management, elaborated about the harmful effects and control measures of parthenium. He told that this weed causes various human and animal skin and respiratory diseases like dermatitis, bronchitis, etc. Drs.Neelam Sharma,S.S.Rana and Rajender Kumar also addressed the farmers and students. A documentary on parthenium eradication was also screened on the occasion. During a week long awareness programme on this weed, some awareness programmes were organized at Parour,Punnar,Rajpur and university campus where NSS and NCC volunteers took out a rally to make people aware about this dreadful weed.