India has one of the highest rates of marijuana plants being planted in India.
It has a very low tolerance for weed, so farmers use weed plants for planting around their land.
But that has led to many cases of weed plants being found in gardens, said Prashant Gupta, chief of the Department of Plant Pathology at the Botanical Garden of the Institute of Medical Sciences at the National University of Singapore.
Experts say this is due to the plants being introduced into the landscape through the cultivation of crops.
“The weed plants are used for planting on the soil and they’re growing in the ground,” he told The Times.
“It’s a very common practice.”
In some places, the weed plants have already taken root and started to grow.
“So, the growers, the farmers, the landowners, the people in the area are in a position of power,” Gupta said.
This can lead to problems, including for farmers who are using the weed for their livelihoods.
He said in some places the farmers are getting rich from the sale of the weed.
“And the farmers will then plant more of the weeds for their crops,” he said.
It is difficult for farmers to know how many plants are planted in their gardens.
Gupta said the weed plant was not a disease, but a seed, which is introduced into a field and then replanted, eventually leading to weed plants.
“In the past, it’s been difficult to distinguish the weed from other plants.
So, it was a difficult time to get a clear picture of how many weeds are planted on a particular spot,” he added.
But in the past few years, there has been a rise in the number of weed plantings, he said, adding that this has led the government to look at the issue.
“We have started to see more and more cases of the plants coming into the gardens and people not knowing about it.”
He said the government is now considering ways to help farmers.
“For example, if the gardener is using weed plants as seed for the next crop, the seed can be treated and the weed can be eradicated,” he explained.
The government has launched a national program to educate farmers about weed plants and their effects on their crops.
The National Cannabis Control Programme (NCCP) aims to ensure weed plant eradication through educational campaigns and scientific research, Gupta said, and has launched several scientific studies.
“There are also schemes like the Weed Control Initiative, which also involves weed plant-resistant seeds,” he noted.
“I think there is a big opportunity for us to get rid of weed, which we can do in the future,” he went on to add.