Cannabis might not be legal in our country, yet, but in order to make the public aware of like a gazillion uses of the crop, a first-of-its-kind 'weed museum' will soon open in Jaipur. Is this a cool attempt to walk the locals through marijuana history? Well, that’s a walk no one would mind taking. So, let’s get rolling! *pun intended*
Throughout history, there have been countless musicians, artists, advocates, politicians, and others that have spoken about the truths and injustices of cannabis prohibition as well as the plant itself. So, it’s only legit that the iconic crop gets its own museum, right?
On a serious note, weeds (unwanted plants) are a perennial problem for the farmers in Rajasthan as these grow with the essential crops, suppress it and result in a reduction of the yield. Farmers employ numerous measures to get rid of weeds but are usually unsuccessful in inhibiting the growth. So, the idea behind establishing this facility is to exhibit preserved samples of weeds to the farmers and the general public. This is expected to help them identify different types of weeds and protect their crops. The proposed museum will soon be inaugurated in Jaipur at Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute (RARI), Durgapura.
The major hindrance that farmers face towards weed eradication is the identification of weeds. Probably, that’s the reason, farmers are unable to use appropriate methods for its control. Furthermore, farmers have local names for the weeds, which make it difficult for agricultural workers to correlate them with their scientific names.
In an interview with a leading daily, Shweta Gupta, Assistant Professor at RARI, revealed that collecting these weed samples takes a long time and can get tiresome, “It took 1.5 years to collect these 100 weeds and prepare their herbarium for display. One preserved weed sample took around 8-10 days with the help of herbarium press. Sometimes, due to the high moisture content in the fresh weed sample, weed samples get contaminated due to fungus and the sample was destroyed. Then again, the same process was repeated. The end result is satisfactory and by the end of next month, this museum will be opened for the public," said the official.
In an attempt to explain the concept behind establishing this museum, Surendra Singh, Professor of Agronomy at Rajasthan Agricultural Research Institute said, “In recent years, climate change has become a major bottleneck for sustainable crop production in the country. On one hand, rising temperature is affecting the productivity of different crops in the whole of northern India and on the other hand, some new weed species are emerging. Some new emerging weeds are still unidentified. With the help of this museum, we are trying to create awareness among farmers. At present we are focusing only on weeds in Jaipur and its nearby cities. Later, more weed museums can be opened.”
Hallelujah! We do need more of all things related to weed in this country! *wink*
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