Policy Alternatives to Avoid Apple and Apricot Farm Wastages in Gilgit Division: An Attempt to Monetize Losses
Author: Aftab Ahmed Dar

This study explores the causes behind fruit wastages and suggest alternatives to minimize the fruit wastages in Gilgit-Baltistan. By using a mix method approach (qualitative and quantitative methods), this research assesses the policy alternatives to avoid apple and apricot farm wastages in Gilgit division: an attempt to monetize losses. Primary data was collected in the form of questionnaire and interviews, 239 farmers participated in survey and 10 expert interviews were also conducted from different stakeholders associated with horticulture sector – government officials, NGO officials and entrepreneurs – to evaluate causes behind fruit wastages, monetization of losses and identification of different alternatives. Further this study suggests the most suitable alternative for minimization of fruit wastages after evaluation through net present value, internal rate of return, benefit cost ratio and payback period. The findings of this study identify that there are 51% apricot and 16% apple wastages in a year and the monetary value of losses is Rs. 22.2 million per year in GB. The causes behind fruit wastages in GB are improper infrastructure, absence proper transport facility, lack of farmers knowledge, inadequate harvesting and handling methods, unavailability of labor force, lack of financial resources, distant markets, absence of organized orchards, subsistent farming and low awareness level of farmers. Furthermore, this study suggested processing unit is most suitable alternative to reduce the fruit wastages in GB. Supervisor:- Dr. Khurrum S. Mughal

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Keywords : Apple, Apricot, Fruit wastages, Gilgit-Baltistan, Losses, Policy Alternatives
Supervisor: Khurram S. Mughal

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