Parthenium weed was introduced into Pakistan in the 1980s and is spreading rapidly from the Gujarat district of Punjab Province, where it was first reported.
Sponsored by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), CABI is coordinating a national response to parthenium weed in Pakistan. The first stage in this process was a knowledge sharing workshop held in May 2017. The meeting was attended by the executive director of the Inspectorate General of Forests (Pakistan) and representatives from various quarantine departments, research institutes (including National Agricultural Research Centre and Natural History Museum of Pakistan), universities, private sector producers and the FAO.
A comprehensive national action plan was developed. The plan is described in the Workshop Report.
Activities were categorized as short- (6-month), medium- (6- to 18-month) and long- (>18-month) term, and were focused on research needs (understanding parthenium’s impacts, Integrated Pest Management best practices, detection and prevention-related control options), communication strategy (how to reach urban and rural populations, practitioners, decision makers and private sectors such as the floral industry), and policy development (to identify simple measures, and law amendments to reduce the spread of parthenium, and the processes in place for importing host-specific biocontrol agents, and for the registration of safe and effective chemicals to control parthenium)
This page will share relevant research outputs, original content and report these activities in Pakistan.