Wednesday, February 07, 2007


India: Walnut exports from Jammu and Kashmir register quantum jump
Export of walnut from Jammu and Kashmir registered a quantum jump in the recent years, with a spurt in production.
The export from the state has touched 1.15 billion rupees in the year 2005-2006.
"Hundred and sixteen crore rupees have been collected as revenue from the export of the walnuts. Total revenue collected from it is 300 crore rupees. The export market of walnut is very good. We don't have that much production. Our production adjust to the demand with in three four months," said Akhtar Hussein, Deputy Director of Horticulture, Jammu and Kashmir Government.
According to traders, kashmiri walnut is superior in quality and thus in great demand in the export market. "As compared to foreign dry fruits Kashmiri dry fruit is more in demand. It is sweet, has more oil and is considered good for health," said Nisar Ahmed Beig, a trader.
The state had very sparse cultivation of walnuts in its wastelands until a few years ago. Long gestation period of walnut trees, sometimes as long as 50 years, was a dampener for farmers to take up its plantation.
But the state's horticulture department has introduced high-yielding varieties of plants with gestation period of four to six years. The Government has also initiated steps for propagation of walnut trees by budding grafting walnut plants and distributes material among farmers so as to reduce the gestation period of walnut trees from ten years (seedling origin) to 4-6 years.
It will also improve the quality of the nut and also promote the concept of uniformity in shape, size and texture. This has helped the farmers to take up plantation of walnut on a large scale, increasing production from 89,000 metric tonnes in 2004-05 to 109,000 metric tonnes in 2005-06.
The foreign exchange earned through export of dry fruits mainly walnuts has reached a level of Rs 115.95 crores in 2005-06. Around 30,000 people are associated with the walnut trade in the state.
The Himalayan state is also well known for its fruit and dry fruit range.
Fruits like apples, pears, cherries, plums, grapes, pomegranates, mulberry, peaches, apricots, walnuts and almonds require a cool climate, moderate rainfall and bright sunshine. (ANI)

1 comment:

Kashmir Walnuts said...

Kashmir Walnuts are sweat and great in taste and now it is facing stiff competetion from american and other foreign markets.