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Litchi - a goldmine in Punjab

According to some documentary evidence, litchi fruit was introduced by one Sardar Faqir Singh from Dehradun (India) in 1932. In the 60s, it reached Punjab. Owing to good fruit quality and profitability in early 60s, large-scale plantations expanded to Haripur, Hazara and Khanpur and later to Tando Allahyar, Nawabshah, Moro and Mirpurkhas.

Punjab, however, made great strides in the cultivation of this fruit. It is today emerging there as the new fruit crop. Punjab is catering to the domestic needs of the country. The experiences gained by Punjab in litchi production can benefit Sindh and KPK.

Pakistan will do well to invite an expert from China or other neighbouring countries to train, suggest ways and means that are remediable. Litchi has been cultivated here in the past due to favourable conditions.

Pakistan is now abundantly growing strawberries in Khairpur Division that was once not cultivated in Sindh, KPK and the riverine areas of Punjab. The same analogy can be applied here to Sindh and KPK for revival of litchi farming, which is a goldmine for the fruit growers in Punjab.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2013


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