Setting up fruit and vegetable value addition units in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Diverse climatic zones exist in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The Malakand, Peshawar, Hazara and Southern regions of the province are famous for production of high quality apples, peaches, plums, apricots, pears etc. Presently, fruits are grown over 36702-hectare area with a production of 333,716 metric tons. Similarly, vegetables are cultivated over a 32,682 hectare area with a production of 336,083 metric tons. The production meets domestic demands and is exported to the Middle East, Far East and European countries. There is a need for setting up of cold chain warehouses and value addition units in the industrial zones. This would control 20-30% of post-harvest losses, enhance shelf life and will be commercialized through value addition.
The scope of the project includes; establishment of fruit and vegetables dehydration units in the province. The unit will help in minimizing post-harvest losses that take place within the existing supply chain due to limitation of shelf life of these produce.
The project will be established in Malakand, Peshawar, Hazara and Southern regions of the province. The proposed cost of the project is Rs. 33.00 million. Commercially it has the strength to generate the desired level of revenues and its anticipated payback period is approximately 5 years. The pre-feasibility of the proposed project has been conducted.
In investment context, the proposed project has potential to offer profitable returns in quick time to the investors. Its local consumption and exports will be a major source of generation of funds. Skilled, semi-skilled labour and basic utilities are accessible in the area.
The project provides an opportunity for the donor agencies / investors for investment and to recoup the capital investment with profit within years. It can be executed through Joint Venture or any mean mutually agreed by the provincial government and the investor. The project is open for all the state-owned, state-supported and private entities.
The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will facilitate investors for interaction with relevant agencies and is committed to be the partner of investor by providing all the basic facilities in the execution of project. It will provide all legal and technical assistance to the investors. The government will provide assurance of money security. Moreover, the investors friendly security situation prevails in the province.