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Salient Developments

  • PARC Declared BARI, Chakwal and ARI, Tarnab Peshawar as center of excellence for olive.
  • Punjab government declared Pothwar Region as Olive valley.
  • Khyber Pakhtunkhwa declared Sang Batti as Olive valley.
  • Olive oil extraction unit at ARI, Tarnab was repaired/ rehabilitated.
  • Facilitation to the farmers for oil pressing facility from olive fruit free of cost by the project.
  • Olive mother orchards at Sangbhatti (60 acres), CCRI Pirsabak (25 acres) and ARI Tarnab (10 acres) were rehabilitated. These will be utilized for the project activities i.e. demonstration/experimentation etc and plant propagation for the project.
  • Prepared and published a broacher on olive production technology and economic analysis.
  • A nursery with controlled environment has been rehabilitated at NARC, Islamabad.
  • Baluchistan component of olive participated in annual sibi show from February 24 to 28, 2014 and displayed various olive plant samples and distributed olive oil, olive tea, olive nursery plants& olive pickles to deserving poor farmers and to high dignitaries as well.
Fig.2. Olive promotion stall at sibi show (sibi mella), 2014
  • Adaptability trials of olive varieties at 93 different locations in the country had been conducted to get the data for optimum performance of some specific varieties under certain environmental conditions.
  • A comprehensive GIS system has been developed to see the olive orchard under the project on Google earth.
  • Project has identified unknown productive olive cultivars at Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through DNA finger printing by the scientists of Plant Genetic Research Institute (PGRI), NARC.
  • Experiments on Rooting Media at Chakwal, Murree and Soon Valley Nowshehra for propagation of olive cuttings.
  • Experiments were also conducted on value addition of olive fruit for preparation of olive jam, biscuits, pickle in oil, sweets, olive beauty cream and some other makeup items.
Fig.2. Olive Bakery Products and Olive Pickle


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