Area and production: Pakistan produces chillies, coriander, garlic, onion, and turmeric in commercial quantity but its ginger production is not enough to meet local requirements. Its large scale commercial cultivation is limited to just 10 districts in upper, middle and lower Sindh.
Ginger imports: Pakistan imports ginger to meet its domestic demand as the majority of people prefer to season meat, pulses and vegetables with it.
Climate and soil: Ginger grows in semi-tropical and temperate zones. High temperatures are desiccating and result in death of the seedlings. Ginger grows well in sandy clay and clayey loam soils with adequate organic matter for retention of moisture. A pH of 5.5 to 6.5 with drainage is found good for it.
Research needed: Pakistan’s demand is outstripped by its domestic production. The country has to undertake research to produce ginger at home to reduce the dependency on import.
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