|Early Times Report|
Jammu, Aug 21: Continuing with the awareness campaign of Parthenium Eradication, a programme was organized by AICRP- Weed Management in collaboration with KVK- Jammu at Veterinary Campus, SKUAST, Jammu, R. S. Pura. On the occasion, Dr Vikas Tandon, Chief Scientist and Head KVK Jammu elaborated that Parthenium is popularly known as Gajar grass and it is harmful for livestock as well as human beings. Dr. B.R Bazaya, Senior Scientist and Incharge AICRP-Weed Management highlight its toxic effect to animals while grazing from parthenium infested areas. It causes dermatitis with pronounced skin lesions, anorexia, diarrhea and eye irritation in buffaloes, cows and goats. Dr. Rakesh Sharma, Senior Scientist (Agricultural Extension) KVK Jammu informed the participants that parthenium can only be managed by mobilizing the society for group action. Dr. Punit Choudhary Sr Scientist Agroforestry emphasized on cultural practices to mange this weed. Dr. R. Puniya Jr. Scientist, agronomy discussed in detail about the mechanical and chemical control measures for management of parthenium. Dr Pranav Kumar Assistant Professor Vety Extension, and Poonam Abrol Programme Assistant trg, and other staff of KVK, Jammu also participated in the campaign.