Department of agriculture Dimapur district organized an eradication campaign of ‘parthenium hysterophorus’ a poisonous weed from DC office complex along NH–39 till Piphema and from town hall Dimapur to Dhansiripar on October 25 led by DAO Dimapur N. Wetsah.
The programme was supervised by officers and staff by involving village council members and GBs.
The department officer stated ‘parthenium’ commonly known as Congress weed is found along the roadside, railway tracks, uncultivated wastelands etc., invading millions of hectares of land across the globe.
The weed has impact on agriculture production reducing yield by 40 %, and is hazardous to human and livestock health.
The plant is poisonous causing dermatitis and respiratory malfunction in humans.
Bitter milk disease in milch cattle is responsible for livestock fed on grass mixed with ‘parthenium’ and it is due to presence of a toxin call ‘parthenin’.
This weed was introduced from Mexico during 1950’s. Public have therefore been advised to adopt control measures by uprooting the plant completely before flowering and before seeds are matured.
It may be mentioned that the agriculture department has carried out eradication campaign during 2009 as a result; the intensity of weed population has reduced to a great extent.
In order to create more public awareness DAO has requested village councils to take initiative for total eradication of this “obnoxious weed” by way of organizing social work and to inform individual farmers for the same for eradication.