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Good News for the Balochistan Agriculture: Initiation of a Cold Storage Facility

‘The Horticulture Advancement Activity,’ was supported by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) technical assistance to smallholder farmers and government institutions has already aided in increasing productive capacity in fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as increasing access to high-quality support services.

A cold-storage facility will assist farmers in Balochistan to extend the shelf life and marketability of their goods, resulting in greater lucrative revenue and reduction in financial losses during market price swings. Through this initiative, farmers’ revenues will be increased by improving links between horticulture producers in Balochistan and marketplaces around the country.

The project, which is being carried out in Balochistan and the recently united districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), aims to increase the completeness of prospective horticulture value chains in the target areas and markets. The Agriculture Secretary stated that cold storage facilities are critical for reducing post-harvest losses. However, this is only one component that must be linked into a cold chain network from the moment of harvest to the point of purchase by the end customer.