Gilgit-Baltistan:GB holds lucrative organic farming opportunities

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KARACHI: Huge opportunities exist in the agriculture and organic farming sector in the Gilgit- Baltistan region, according to Chief Executive Officer, Harvest Tradings, Ahmad Jawad.

 In a press statement on Thursday, he said, “Climate and abundant water resources make it ideally suitable for the marvelous growth of this sector, where immense potential is yet to be exploited for export”.

 Apricots, peaches, mulberries, apples and honey-dew melons are some fruits grown in abundance, whereas trees of almonds and walnuts are also in great numbers, he said. Gilgit- Baltistan also grows dates, mangoes, plums, cherry, blue berries, and watermelons.

Jawad said that the people of Gilgit-Baltistan don’t appreciate the usage of fertilisers and technology and prefer to use traditional farming methods which are good from the health point of view.

He said the prospect for foreign investment is high and the investors could launch ventures in different sectors. “Indonesia has expressed a desire to extend maximum cooperation to Gilgit-Baltistan,” he said.

However, Jawad also highlighted that there is lack of facilities, such as non-availability of cold storage for short-term storage of fruit and of export quality packaging material, which hampers the sector from expanding further.

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