Pakistan hopes to expand kiwifruit potential

Chairman of PARC, Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Ali has encouraged farmers of Gilgit-Baltistan to focus on the research of kiwifruit this year, stating: “We should spread awareness among people and motivate people to grow kiwifruit, because, by looking at the demand of people for this fruit, this would be the most expensive fruit in the near future.”

Kiwifruit has been introduced to Pakistan in the last decade. Experts believe that the high-value crop has great potential and can help more Pakistani farmers throw off poverty.  

“We imported kiwi plants and did various locational trials in KPK, Islamabad as well as on the Punjab side. The result from the Mansehra area of KPK was outstanding," said Naveed Ahmed, Scientific Officer of PARC-NTHRI Shinkiari.

“Kiwi gets 30 kg to 35 kg of fruits per plant internationally, while Pakistani kiwi gets 40 kg to 45 kg of fruit production on average. Some plants even gave 100 kg of fruits per plant.” Naveed added.



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