Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Kashmir held a week-long national training on Weed Science at Wadura Campus, Sopore.
The training programme ‘Advances in Weed Science under Changing Agrarian Landscape’ was conducted by the university’s Division of Agronomy, Faculty of Agriculture in collaboration with World Bank-ICAR funded National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP).
About 230 undergraduate, postgraduate students and PhD scholars participated in the programme.
The chief guest of the inaugural session, Professor Nazeer Ahmad, Vice-Chancellor of the university addressed the trainee participants to update themselves on the advances in weed science and efficient technologies to manage weeds of field and horticultural crops.
He stressed upon the participants to understand the emerging issues such as development of herbicide resistance in weeds and herbicide associated health hazards and pollution.
The guests of honour, Professor Samunder Singh, President, International Weed Science Society and Dr Sushil Kumar, President, Indian Society of Weed Science emphasized the need of such trainings while whole the world is facing the COVID-19 pandemic.
A total of 20 lectures covering advances in weed science and research, current trends in global weed management, herbicide weed resistance and crops, efficient and precise application of new herbicide including encapsulated and nano-formulations, non-chemical and integrated approaches of weed management in crops were delivered by the experts from across the country and USA.
The stalwarts like Professor A. N. Rao, Dr N. T. Yaduraju, Professor A. R. Sharma, Dr Zahoor Ah Ganie, Professor C. R. Chinnamuthu, Dr Anil Dixit and Professor Anil Kumar delivered lectures in this training programme.
There was an active interaction between experts and participants at the end of each lecture. Everyday online quizes based on the day-lectures were also conducted to assess the knowledge gained by the trainees.
The programme was concluded on 12 August with the address of the chief guest of valedictory function Dr Rajbir Singh, Director, ICAR-ATARI Zone I, Ludhiana, who informed the house about the need and popularization of weed management in DSR.
He released e-certificates and compendium of the training.