Growth of Citrus Fruits in Pakistan

Keywords: Citrus-Fruits, Globalization, Growth, Yield, Pakistan.

Abstract

Agriculture is a chief source of economic development and workforce of Pakistan as it contributes 18.5 percent to GDP (Gross Domestic Product), provides 37.4 percent to employment. A well-performing agriculture sector is a key to economic growth but over the decade its performance had been diminutive in Pakistan. Low yield of citrus fruits that is the challenge facing developing countries including Pakistan. The current article identifies information and issues with citrus fruits growth in Pakistan. For the year 2018 area under citrus fruits was 200461 hectares with a production of 2247956 tonnes and yield 112139 hg/hectare in Pakistan. Pakistani farmers are cultivating sweet oranges more than other varieties of citrus fruits. With respect to bordering countries the average yield of Pakistan is more than Afghanistan and less than Iran, China and India. Main constraints to less productivity are: high cost of production, price-instability, and lack of capital, professionalism, technology & infrastructure. Pets and diseases also causes to less yield. Pakistan can earn foreign exchange more by export of juices rather than export of fresh citrus fruits.

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Author Biography

Imran Ahmad Cheema, Preston University Karachi, Pakistan.

PhD Scholar Department of Economics Preston University Karachi, Pakistan.

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Published
2021-01-05
How to Cite
Ahmad Cheema, I. (2021). Growth of Citrus Fruits in Pakistan. Amazonia Investiga, 9(35), 74-81. https://doi.org/10.34069/AI/2020.35.11.6
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