Balochistan produces more than 225,000 tones of dates in the last season

This was revealed by sources cited by the Balochistan Board of Investment and Trade (BBoIT).

  • The Panjgur and Turbat districts in Balochistan are producing 53% of Pakistan’s dates annually.
  • The province has a vast potential for delicious and a unique export of quality dates.

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Balochistan has produced around 225,000 tonnes of dates in the last season from an area of 42.3 thousand hectares.

This was revealed by sources cited by the Balochistan Board of Investment and Trade (BBoIT).

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With the addition of date production from Balochistan, the South Asian country became the top date exporter to Japan in 2020.

“The Panjgur & Turbat districts of Makran division are producing 53% of the country’s dates in a year, where the harvesting of dates is spreading over an area of about 42,300 hectares,” it added.

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It is also one of the main crops for 70% of the area’s population,” said Agricultural Researcher Abdul Hanan in an interview with APP.

“The government of Balochistan has taken initiatives to encourage farmers to cultivate dates”, he added. The region has the potential to produce the best varieties of dates, including Mozawti, Begam Jani, and others.

According to Abdul Hanan, Mazafati was an indigenous date species, and most of its production had been carried out in the Panjgur district.

Mazafati dates.

“Mazafati has the best taste and quality, whereas due to its lustrous appearance and rich nutritional benefits, the date has a high demand among national and international consumers,” he expressed.

Currently, the Balochistan government promotes less water-intensive plant species, like olives and pistachio, due to the province’s prevailing drought climate.

This would encourage the farmers to plant more dates trees this year in Balochistan, Abdul Hanan added.

Date trees in Panjgur. (Aziz Ahmad Jamali)

The Balochistan government was also ensuring the availability of cold storage facilities near main production areas to assist the local farmers.

Food processing plants are being established across the province to preserve agriculture production.

According to Abdul Hanan, the Date Processing Plant’s construction work at Turbat was almost completed, and the remaining work of the project would be completed soon.

He added that the government had initiated various road development projects to connect fields via markets and provide easy access to the farmers.

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