Fruits, vegetables supply from Swat begins

Post Source: (DAWN) By Yaqoob Malik
Saturday, 25 Jul, 2009

It is believed that the vegetable crops damaged in the war against terror will take a few months to recover, while fruit orchards and farms completely destroyed would take at least 2-4 years to come into normal production. – File photo

It is believed that the vegetable crops damaged in the war against terror will take a few months to recover, while fruit orchards and farms completely destroyed would take at least 2-4 years to come into normal production. – File photo

ATTOCK: The supply of fruits and vegetables from Swat, suspended about two months back due to military operations, has started with consignments arriving in local subzi mandi here.

The suspension not only caused financial loss to the growers in Swat but also affected business of vegetables and fruits dealers and vendors in Attock district.  Swat valley is rich in production of fruits and vegetables. It produced about 0.271 million tons of green stuff last year, particularly golden apple, peach, apricot, orange, potato, onion and garlic.  A local fruit and vegetable dealer said that his business suffered due to suspension of supplies from Swat and Northern Areas for the last two months.

He said that about 30 to 40 per cent supply of fruits and vegetables was from Swat and the demand was met from Punjab and Sindh on interim basis.  Fruits and vegetables from Swat are cheaper compared to other far- flung areas of the country due to less cost of transportation. It is believed that the vegetable crops damaged in the war against terror will take few months to recover, while fruit orchards and farms completely destroyed would take at least 2-4 years to come into normal production.

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One response to this post.

  1. I am from Attock and yes, whatever mentioned in this post is absoloutely correct.

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