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Kashmir village is as cradle of international-standard grapes

An unsupposing hamlet in Kashmir’s central Ganderbal district has emerged as a cradle of international-quality grapes in the valley. The south-facing aspect of the Repora village makes it feasible for the cultivation of grapes besides being well irrigated and open to maximum possible sunshine.

Grapes are cultivated on about 60 hectares of land in the village which yields 750 to 900 tons;

The high quality grapes produced in the village sell between Rs 200 to 300 per kilogram, depending on the demand in the market. "Grapes usually get ready for harvest in the first week of September. But this year due to rise in the temperature, the produce ripened early and most of the growers have already completed the harvest," said one grower. He added that most of the growers in the area don't use pesticides due to which the grapes of the area are in huge demand.


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