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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2005 | Volume: 5 | Issue: 3 | Page No.: 563-568
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2005.563.568
 
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Grapes Drying: An Indigenous Profitable Enterprise in Balochistan

Syed Mohammad Khair and Syed Abdul Sattar Shah

Abstract:
This study was carried out in Pishin and Killa Abdullah districts, which are known as the main grapes producing area of Balochistan. Raisins are simply dried grapes produced from grapes mostly produced in Pishin and Killa Abdullah districts of northern upland Balochistan. Ripened grapes are either marketed in the fresh form to different markets or transformed to raisins to increase its shelf life. Two types of grapes drying common in the area; when the drying process is done in the sun shine after pre-drying treatment the end product is locally called as Monaka, while when drying process is done in a shady and well ventilated room without any treatment the end product is locally called as Kishmish, they both are collectively called as raisins. The study results revealed that 3000 kg of fresh Haita grapes are required to produce 1000 kg of Monaka with grape raisins ratio of 3:1. Similarly for making 1000 kg Kishmish, 3500 kg of fresh Kashmishi or Shundokhani grapes are required with a ratio of 3.5:1. Overall average yields of Monaka and Kashmish produced from one acre grapes were, 1528 and 1148 kg, respectively in the study area. The producer net profit margin for producing 1000 kg of raisins (Monaka and Kashmish) was Rs. 60,786 and Rs. 52,663, respectively. The study results showed that drying of grapes is a good source of income generation in the grapes growing area.
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Syed Mohammad Khair and Syed Abdul Sattar Shah, 2005. Grapes Drying: An Indigenous Profitable Enterprise in Balochistan. Journal of Applied Sciences, 5: 563-568.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2005.563.568

URL: https://scialert.net/abstract/?doi=jas.2005.563.568

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