Two impoverished districts of Balochistan become Pakistan’s largest grape and raisin producers

The prevailing dry weather in the two districts and the ever-increasing demand for raisins have turned grapes into the chief crop in the region.

Raisins.
Raisins.

In some positive developments, two remote districts of Balochistan —Pishin and Killa Abdullah— have become Pakistan’s top producers of grapes and raisins.

It is pertinent to note that Balochistan, in total, contributes to over 90% of Pakistan’s grape production.

The prevailing dry weather in the two districts and the ever-increasing demand for raisins have turned grapes into the chief crop in the region.

The President of the Farmers Action Committee in Pishin, Syed Qahar Agha, informed Arab News Pakistan that the farmers in both districts produce more than 4,000 tons of raisins every season.

Raisins in Sananan, Pishin, Balochistan. (AN Photo)
Raisins in Sananan, Pishin, Balochistan. (AN Photo)

This helps generate millions of dollars in revenue for the province and the country.

According to the President of the Farmers Association of Killa Abdullah, Kazim Khan, the demand and prices of raisins have significantly increased in recent years.

Thus, to cope with the ever-increasing demand, farmers in both districts have opted to cultivate more Haita grapes.

It is pertinent to note that Haita grapes are an oval, seedless grape variety from which the world-famous sultana raisins are produced.

In Saranan —a town located between the two districts— the number of grape fields has doubled in the last five years.

Grapes are spread out on the ground to dry in the sun at a vineyard in Saranan, Pishin, Balochistan. (AN Photo)
Grapes are spread out on the ground to dry in the sun at a vineyard in Saranan, Pishin, Balochistan. (AN Photo)

According to the locals of Saranan, the grape industry did not exist in the region three decades ago.

However, now the production of grapes is flourishing, with the region producing tons of grape raisins every season. This has led to The grape industry becoming a major source of employment in the area.

Workers separate berries before drying the grapes in the sun in Sananan, Pishin, Balochistan. (AN Photo)

According to Badar Ud Din Kakar, the former vice president of the Quetta Chamber of Commerce and Industries (QCCI), the farmers in the region are using local techniques to produce raisins.

Kakar stressed that value-added agricultural practices would positively impact the grape industry and increase its worth.

It is pertinent to note that the United States and Turkey are the largest raisin-producing countries globally, producing over 80% of the world’s raisins.

These are followed by South Africa, Greece, Australia, Iran, Afghanistan, China, and Russia.


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