|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Aug 17: Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK), RS Pura and AICRP Weed Management, Division of Agronomy, SKUAST-Jammu initiated awareness campaign against parthenium weed at Government Middle School Khepar, Miran Sahib, R.S. Pura.
Dr. Rakesh Sharma, Senior Scientist and Incharge Head KVK Jammu started with introduction about aggressive and poisonous nature of Parthenium weed which have posed a serious threat to crops, human health and livestock health and biodiversity.
He further emphasized that its spread is not only confined to agriculture lands but also noticed in road sides, parks, school areas and pastures areas. Dr. B. R. Bazaya, PI and Incharge AICRP Weed Management, delivered a talk to students and highlighted various harmful effects of Parthenium like hay fever, dermatitis, asthma, skin rashes, peeling skin, puffy eyes and eczema in human being through pollen.
A student rally was also organized in the village carrying cards displaying slogan regarding awareness and control of parthenium. During this awareness programme, more than 70 participants including school teachers Chander Prabha, Sunil Singh, Sanjay Kumar, Pawan Kumar, Gaganjot Kour, students and university staff Miss Supneet Kour, Miss Ashiana Javeed, took part in programme. The campaign ended with vote of thanks by Poonam Abrol, Programme Assistant (Trainings) KVK, SKUAST Jammu.