A seminar on ‘Integrated Weed Management a way forward to Weed Eradication’ was held at Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agriculture University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR), on March 7, 2017, in order to raise awareness among farmers about the benefits of eradicating weeds.
The university’s vice chancellor, Prof Dr Rai Niaz Ahmad, was invited as the chief guest, and the seminar was attended by faculty, students, Punjab Agriculture Department officials and farmers from various areas.
Dr. Rai Niaz Ahmad said farmers must be educated and guided on the harmful effects of weeds and the adverse effects of herbicides on soil and water. He suggested that the agriculture department from each province should focus on weed removal in the extension and training programmes. He also said integrated weed management is needed to control the weed population and overcome the losses caused by weeds to the economy. Dr Ahmad directed university officials to raise awareness about the benefits of weed eradication among farmers.
The chairman of the agronomy department Prof Dr Fayyazul Hassan, Dr Mohammad Ansar and Dr Mohammad Abdul Ahad from PMAS-AAUR, agriculture department deputy director Dr Mohammad Arif and the deputy director of the Rawalpindi Fruit and Vegetable Project Sijjad Haider also addressed the audience.
While addressing speakers said that vegetable crops see indigenous losses of around 80 to 83pc due to weeds, while fruit crops see a loss of 30 to 35pc. They emphasised the need for strategic planning to redesign cropping patterns to control weeds and said an integrated weed management plan must be devised for each farm and modern farming techniques should be utilised to get rid of weeds. The seminar was held at the It was organised by the university’s Department of Agronomy
Speakers said farmers have to pay special attention to eradicate weeds in their fields, and the agriculture department’s extension wing is guiding farmers on better crop management while the private sector is also working on this.Dr Ahad said indigenous losses to vegetable crops from weeds are around 80 to 83pc, and 30 to 35pc for fruit crops.Dr Arif said weed control at the right time and using the right methods is crucial for a better yield.
A weed eradication campaign was launched on the direction of the Punjab agriculture secretary, and Vice Chancellor, faculty and students inaugurated the campaign by removing weeds from the sports ground, garden and research area. The vice chancellor said the university would support awareness raising among farmers about weed removal, which is a major cause for low production.