Centre for Climate Research and Development (CCRD), COMSATS University Islamabad, organized a very informative and interesting seminar on “Awareness and Management of Parthenium Weed”. Opening remarks were given by Professor Dr. Athar Hussain, Head, CCRD, CUI and session was moderated by Mr. Hassaan Sipra, Scientific Officer, CCRD, CUI. Talks were delivered by Mr. Abdul Rehman, Deputy Director, CABI and Dr. Kausar Khan. Agri. Economist, CABI Pakistan. The seminar was organized at SM Junaid Zaid Library Auditorium on Thursday, 25 November 2019.
As discussed in the seminar by the speakers that Parthenium weed (Parthenium hysterophorus) is an an annual herb that aggressively colonises the disturbed sites which is native to Mexico, Central and South America and now has been introduced into several countries including Pakistan. It has become a serious agricultural, human and livestock threat and inhibiting the growth of other plants. As reported, it poses serious health hazards to livestock and can cause severe allergenic reactions in humans. It has been named the suicidal weed in India, and up to 90% of the farmers in the lowlands of Ethiopia consider this weed to be the most serious weed of croplands and grazing areas. Parthenium weed was accidently introduced into Pakistan and is now present in almost all the districts of Punjab, KP Province. Along with the awareness in the different universities and sessions with the farmers, management practices including chemical control, physical/mechanical, biocontrol, and replacement with other plants like Buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) were discussed. It was highly recommended that everyone should clean his/her garden and street from this harmful weed and spread the message in the community for the harmful aspects of this weed.
In the end, vote of thanks was given by Dr. Toqeer Ahmed, Assistant Professor, CCRD, CUI. Finally, the refreshment was served to the participants.
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