Indian exports: Guavas could be the next big thing

Currently, guava fruit is gaining momentum in terms of cultivation in Sindh province. In Larkana, the guava hub of the province, the area under the cultivation has increased to 4,400 acres in this district alone. Cultivation of this winter fruit is also increasing in rice producing areas like Qambar, Dadu, Khairpur, Naushehro Feroz, Hyderabad and Mirpurkhas.

Larkana grows eight guava varieties: Thadharami, local Sindhi, Riyali, Ramzani, Shamlo, Golo, Benazir and Hyderabadi. All of them are in great demand across the country.

The price depends on the quality of the produce, which is traditionally graded into three qualities. The price of top quality fruit ranges from 1,800-2,000 rupees (22.98-25.54 euros) per bag of 15-20 kg. Guavas, grown in Sindh, are sold in all major cities of the four provinces.

According to thenews.com.pk, regarding the potential of exporting guava, researchers suggest there should be processing zones for value-addition so the fruit can be exported to markets all over the world. This is necessary, because the local and export markets demand guava pulp instead of intact fruit.


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