Mansehra is a district in the Hazara Division of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The National Tea and High Value Crops Research Institute, Shinkiari, has successfully grown kiwi fruit on experimental basis in parts of this district.
Senior scientific officer of the institute Dr Noorullah Khan: “The soil and environment of Hazara division is very suitable to grow kiwi and therefore, we planted kiwi plants on experimental basis. The experiment turned out to be more successful than our expectations and we sold the fruit on the market.”
According to dr Noorullah, kiwis were grown initially in parts of Mansehra district, including the Baffa and Shinkiari areas. He said the average yield of kiwi plants grown abroad was 3,000-4,000kg per acre but the institute’s experiments revealed that if the fruit was grown commercially, its yield could exceed that.