On the wastage of high quality and nutritious apples in Gilgit-Baltistan

PT Report | Photographs: Didar Ali (DeeJayPhotograph)

Hunza, November 6: Gilgit-Baltistan, despite of its limited agricultural land, produces tasty, colorful and fragrant fruits, including apricots, apples, peach, walnut, cherry and pomegranate, to name a few. Due to lack of business understanding and absence of enabling factors, a vast amount of the fruits get wasted.

According to a 2007 Survey conducted by the Department of Agriculture, around the most vastly produced fruit of Gilgit-Baltistan is apricot (66%) , followed by Apples, accounting for almost 12 % of the total fruit production pie. The agriculture department estimates that around out of around 19,000 MT of apples is produced in all parts of GB, of which around 3950 MT get wasted.

Diseases are also common in the fruits produced in the region

A large produce of apple gets wasted because of insufficient storing arrangements, as well as due to various diseases and lack of incentive for the farmers. Very few farmers produce apples for the markets. Access to markets remains a huge challenge due to difficult terrains, as well as due to long and repeated closure of roads due to natural and human induced disasters.

The socities have not adopted methods for long-term storage of fruit
The socities have not adopted methods for long-term storage of fruit

 With a little serious attention on production, marketing and supply management of fruits, especially the highly nutritious apples, the administration and government of Gilgit-Baltistan can help the farmers create new economic opportunities for themselves within the region.

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  1. You have highlighted the disease factor in your article as well, I hope this doesn’t mean that our beautiful forests, farms, fields and lands in Gilgit-Baltistan will be sprayed with unnatural pesticides. Organic farming is the way to go, the rest of the world is coming back to organic farming and embracing their roots whilst I feel the people of Gilgit-Baltistan are losing their traditions and culture. I hope they will stick with their healthy diets and way of living despite “globalisation”

    “Think globally, act locally” – Anonymous

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