President’s Message

Honourable Members of the ISWS
I express my sincere thanks to all the members of the ISWS for electing and giving me this opportunity to serve the society in the capacity of its President. The society has been able to carve out a special niche among the professional societies dedicated to Indian Agriculture. With a strong group of society members, it has been marching ahead since its inception in 1968. With the recent hosting of the 25th APWSS, organization of biennial conferences, initiation of a number of awards and travel grants particularly for students working in weed science, regular publication of the Indian Journal of Weed Science and other host of activities, it has made its present felt in the field of weed science societies across the globe. Past Presidents and executive member of the society have worked hard for the overall growth and welfare of the society. The past executive committee gave their best to improve and maintain the activities of the society. I take this opportunity to place on record our appreciation for the EC members.
There has been a paradigm shift in agricultural production activities all over the globe keeping pace with changing times and challenges. Nonetheless, weed problems have remained around despite changes in management practices and developments in the herbicide industry. Shifts in weed flora, development of herbicide resistances, unavailability of labour force, lack of farmers’ awareness, lack of coordination among various agencies in crop production and weed management have added to the dimensions of weed problems. Weed management, therefore, still continues to be a major challenge in crop production. The problem of alien and invasive species continues to challenge the weed researchers. Therefore, it becomes a more challenging problem for the weed scientists and professionals. A good coordination among institutes, universities, industry and above all, farmers is indispensable for developing cost effective management strategies. Leaving everything to weed scientists will not help out of this situation. Community participation is a must to address the health hazards caused due to noxious weed species growing in public places. “Swachh Bharat Mission” must extend to the domain of noxious, invasive weed management.
I hope, the society members will continue to contribute their best efforts for addressing these challenges. While the society will continue to look after the welfare of its esteemed members, it is the responsibility of the members to take the society to newer heights. The past executive members for all the years should continue to provide their valuable suggestions for its betterment. Burying down personal differences, I call upon all the members to come forward and cooperate in the best possible manner to work for the weed science society and the society, we live in. Thanks again from the core of my heart.

V.P. Singh

President, ISWS