Pro­cessed guava prod­ucts can fetch huge for­eign ex­change

The Financial Daily - - NATIONAL - Is­mat Sabir

Guava ( Psid­ium gua­java L. Famly Myr­taceae) has at­tained com­mer­cial im­por­tance in trop­ics and sub­trop­ics be­cause of its wide adapt­abil­ity to var­ied soil and cli­matic con­di­tions and as pro­filic bearer. Guava is be­lieved to be orig­i­nated in trop­i­cal Amer­ica (Mex­ico to Peru). At present, it is mainly pro­duced in South Asian coun­tries, the Hawai­ian Is­land, Cuba, Brazil, Pak­istan and In­dia.

In Pak­istan, it is grown in all the prov­inces over an area of 58.5 thou­sand hectares with pro­duc­tion of 468.3 thou­sand ton, s Ta­ble The ma­jor guava grow­ing ar­eas in­clude Shariqpur, Ka­sur, La­hore, Sheikhu­pora, Sangla Hills, Gu­jran­wala in the Pun­jab; Ko­hat, Haripur and Bannu in the North West Fron­tier Prov­ince and Larkana.

Guava (Psid­ium gua­java L. Famly Myr­taceae) has at­tained com­mer­cial im­por­tance in trop­ics and sub­trop­ics be­cause of its wide adapt­abil­ity to var­ied soil and cli­matic con­di­tions and as pro­filic bearer. Guava is be­lieved to be orig­i­naange.

It is grown in trop­i­cal Amer­ica (Mex­ico to Peru). At present, it is mainly pro­duced in South Asian coun­tries, the Hawai­ian Is­land, Cuba, Brazil, Pak­istan and In­dia. In Pak­istan, it is grown in all the prov­inces over an area of 58.5 thou­sand hectares with pro­duc­tion of 468.3 thou­sand ton, Ta­ble 1. The ma­jor guava grow­ing ar­eas in­clude Shariqpur, Ka­sur, La­hore, Sheikhu­pora, Sangla Hills, Gu­jran­wala in the Pun­jab; Ko­hat, Haripur and Bannu in the North West Fron­tier Prov­ince and Larkana and Hy­der­abad in Sindh.

Presently, guavas are grown al­most for fresh con­sump­tion. How­ever, in­ter­na­tional mar­ket for fresh guavas is small. Nev­er­the­less, more trade is car­ried on pro­cessed guava prod­ucts like Juices and nec­tars, Jam and Jel­lies, fruit paste, canned whole and halves in syrup. Some traders said that there is a good in­ter­na­tional mar­ket po­ten­tial for fresh guavas and that de­mand will grow as more con­sumers be­come fa­mil­iar with this fruit.

Guava has at­tained com­mer­cial im­por­tance in trop­ics and sub­trop­ics be­cause of its wide adapt­abil­ity to var­ied soil and cli­matic con­di­tions and as pro­filic bearer. Guava is be­lieved to be orig­i­nated in trop­i­cal Amer­ica (Mex­ico to Peru). At present, it is mainly pro­duced in South Asian coun­tries, the Hawai­ian Is­land, Cuba, Brazil, Pak­istan and In­dia. In Pak­istan, it is grown in all the prov­inces over an area of 58.5 and Hy­der­abad in Sindh.

Im­por­tance of Guava (Psid­ium gua­java L. Famly Myr­taceae) has at­tained com­mer­cial im­por­tance in trop­ics and sub­trop­ics be­cause of its wide adapt­abil­ity to var­ied soil and cli­matic con­di­tions and as pro­filic bearer. Guava is be­lieved that it was orig­i­nated in trop­i­cal Amer­ica (Mex­ico to Peru). At present, it is mainly pro­duced in South Asian coun­tries, the Hawai­ian Is­land, Cuba, Brazil, Pak­istan and In­dia. In Pak­istan, it is grown in all the prov­inces over an area of 58.5 thou­sand hectares with pro­duc­tion of 468.3 thou­sand ton, Ta­ble 1. The ma­jor guava grow­ing ar­eas in­clude Shariqpur, Ka­sur, La­hore, Sheikhu­pora, Sangla Hills, Gu­jran­wala in the Pun­jab; Ko­hat, Haripur and Bannu in the North West Fron­tier Prov­ince and Larkana and Hy­der­abad in Sindh.

Presently guavas are grown al­most en­tirely for fresh con­sump­tion. How­ever, in­ter­na­tional mar­ket for fresh guavas is small. Nev­er­the­less, more trade is car­ried on pro­cessed guava prod­ucts like Juices and nec­tars, Jam and Jel­lies, fruit paste, canned whole and halves in syrup. Some traders be­lieve that there is a good in­ter­na­tional mar­ket po­ten­tial for fresh guavas and that de­mand will grow as more con­sumers be­come ac­quainted with this fruit.

Guava seed oil (straw­berry guava) Pos­si­bly used for culi­nary or cos­met­ic­sprod­ucts, guava seed oil is a source of beta carotene, vi­ta­min A, vi­ta­min C,cop­per, zinc and se­le­nium.

Guava (also fa­mous as Am­rood), the ap­ple of trop­ics, is a com­mon fruit in Pak­istan. Guavas are a use­ful source of is grown in var­i­ous parts of the Sindh prov­ince. It is a trop­i­cal tree that adapts it­self to most con­di­tions of soil and cli-

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