There is still high-quality grape cultivation in Repora village in Ganderbal district; it contributes the major chunk of the crop production in Kashmir. Ghulam Rasool Mir, Director Horticulture Kashmir, said the valley annually produces 1.615 tons of grapes, of which 1.285 mt is produced in Ganderbal district alone.
Grapes are cultivated in about 60 hectares in this central Kashmir’s Repora village which is a source of livelihood for many people during the harvest season. The main varieties of grapes grown in Kashmir are Sahibi, Hussaini, Kishmish, and Perlette. Well-drained sandy loam soil is best suited for grape cultivation.
The grapes of Repora are ready when fresh grapes are not even available anywhere in the world except in Italy. The grapes fetch a good price in the local markets. The Sahibi variety is sold at Rs 200 per kilogram and Hussaini variety for Rs 100 a kg.
[ Rs 100 = €1.20 ]