Training in kiwi fruit cultivation in Pakistan


ICIMOD has been supporting the promotion of kiwi fruit in Nepal since 2006. In October 2013, ICIMOD was requested by the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) to provide kiwi fruit seedlings and seeds to establish a kiwi fruit orchard in Pakistan. With the support of the ICIMOD country office in Pakistan, a four-day hands-on training was conducted in Islamabad from 16–23 February 2014 on kiwi fruit cultivation and nursery propagation. Altogether five participants from Fruit Crops Research Programme, Islamabad; the National Tea Research Institute Shinkiari; and the Manshera and Barani Agricultural Research Institute, Chakwal participated in the training. The training covered pitting, planting, spacing, intercropping, mulching, T-bar trellising, fruit harvesting, training and pruning, and nursery propagation techniques for raising seedlings from seeds for root stock.             

Two hundred kiwi seedlings and one kilogram of seeds were handed over to National Agricultural Research Centre, Islamabad, Pakistan during the training and a kiwi orchard established at the Citrus Crop Research Site in Islamabad, as well as two sites outside Islamabad at Shinkiari and Chakwal. The kiwi orchards established outside Islamabad will be closely monitored by the Citrus Crop Research Programme, National Agricultural Research Centre.