AGRICULTURE SECTOR

INVESTMENT POTENTIALS IN
GILGIT-BALTISTAN

Department of Agriculture
Gilgit-Baltistan

and faba bean and vegetables). Single Cropping Wheat. . Characteristics Zones Elevation ≥1900 m: Double cropping zone with typically Double wheat as a winter crop and maize in summer Cropping Zone Elevation 1900 .3000m Single cropping zone Potato. Cropping Zone Wheat.2300m Marginal double cropping zone Marginal which can be converted into double cropping zone with use Double of short season crops and early maturing varieties. Buckwheat & vegetables are main crops) Elevations 2300m . Barley. Zone Above 3000 m are the alpine pastures with no cultivation. Barley. Peas. ( Potato.

nuts  Scattered production & potato  Small and fragmented farms  Responsive & organized communities Opportunities Threats  Climate ideally suited for the  Urbanization production of horticultural crops  Rapid population growth  Potential for vertical and horizontal  Impact of globalization expansion in agriculture sector  Extinction of indigenous germplasm  Potential for investment in fruit & vegetable sector value chain . SWOT Analysis Strengths Weaknesses  Mountain farming  Rugged Topography  Cool & Dry climate  Weak private sector involvement  Abundant water resources  Lack of technology  Marketable surpluses in fruits.

Fruit Production in Gilgit-Baltistan 4% 1% 1% Apricot 3% Apple 6% 2% Grapes 2% Pears 4% Peaches Pomegranate 12% 66% Cherry Mulberry Walnut Almond Source: Northern Areas Agriculture Statistics 2007: Survey Report .

Production & Wastage in MT 100000 110000 120000 10000 20000 30000 40000 50000 60000 70000 80000 90000 0 Ap ric ot 107803 41644 Ap pl e 19054 G 3968 ra pe s 6413 1362 Pe ar s 2579 Pe 594 ac he Po s 3308 m eg 999 ra na te 4287 Gilgit-Baltistan 885 Ch er ry 2256 M 362 ul be 9092 r ry Production & Wastage of Fruits in W 5144 al nu t 6577 Al 138 m on d 1727 Wastage Production 6 .

000 Note: Only 01 % of the total seed requirement is met from formal seed and the rest is met from informal seed source which is main cause of low crop yield .39.000 ha.000-100. Potato Crop Scenario at National Level Main Crops Winter & Spring ( Plains of the Country) and Summer ( high mountain valleys as buffer crop between main crops) Total Area (2007-08) 154.000-7.000 MT Average Yield 16.000 Av.000 MT Average Seed Production .000-40. Price of imported seed Rs. Total Production 25. GB 700-800 MT Av. Price of Seed from G-B Rs. /MT (certified) 30.5 Tonnes/Ha Total Seed required 300.000 MT Total annual Imports 6. /MT (Certified) 80.

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GILGIT-BALTISTAN INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN HORTICULTURE SECTOR VALUE CHAIN .

Inputs Supply Production Processing Marketing Investment/ Action opportunity Consumption .

Potato Other Sector Vegetables Onion Cabbage Seed Processing Open Hybrid Potato Potato Pollinated Seed Turnips Tomato Carrots Others .

Investment/ Production Action opportunity Processing Collection Marketing Re-processing Consumption Grading Certification Packing & Branding National International Market Market .

Dry fruits Oil Fresh fruits & Nuts Organic Dried Apricots Apple/Cherry Fruit Sulfur marketing Processing treated Apricots Walnut Almonds Grapes Nuts For Pure Fruit Product Oil Apples development Seabuck- thorn .

pest and disease population  Isolated valleys  Organic/Conservative agriculture is in practices  Marketable varieties of apples. Ideal climate for temperate fruits and vegetables (Fresh & seeds)  Low insect. Organic. Global GAP etc)  Trained contract farmers . cherries and vegetables  National & International certification facility is available in the country (FLO. apricot.

business Dev. Project. G-B has provisions to carry out technical studies with the private sector . Incentives for Private Sector • Well established social infrastructure • New Governance and Economic Development package • Tax free area • Low electricity tariffs in GB • KKH expansion and opening of Babusar-Naraan road • Region located at the Gateway to China and Central Asian Countries • Agri.

• Capacity building of all stakeholders involved in the value chain Promotion of Public-Private Partnership and Better Access to Finance • Provide incentives and reduce regulatory barriers to private sector for improvement throughout the value chain • Provision of soft-loans for the development of modern horticultural business enterprises in private sector • Establishment of PHDEC regional G-B office in Gilgit • Training of entrepreneurs in marketing and market development • Develop market infrastructure using public-private partnerships in Gilgit and Skardu . G-B Horticulture Policy Incentives for Private Sector Research & Development Programme • Introduce demand driven research linked to value chain.

For detail information please contact: The Secretary Food & Agriculture Government of Gilgit-Baltistan Gilgit (05811-920211) .