Black grapes in Quetta: Photo Daily Quetta Voice

Syed Ali Shah:

QUETTA: Luscious black grapes dominated fruit markets in the provincial capital. The saltish sweet black grapes thrive in Ziarat, Toba Kakarai, and Kan Mehtarzai mountainous areas Thanks to rainy blessings. The heaps of black grapes attract customers in Quetta’s fruit markets.

“I buy these saltish black grapes”, Naseebullah, a young buyer told Daily Quetta Voice. Like Naseebullah, scores of other customers were also standing around a cart jam-packed with black-grapes. The saltish black full of water grapes attract customers in Quetta.

 Tribesmen from the mountains bring black grapes to markets

Black Grapes in Quetta: Photo Daily Quetta Voice

“People from the mountains of the Ziarat area bring these grapes to markets”, Hayat Khan, a shopkeeper said. He said comparatively black grapes were good as compared to others. There are 13 kinds of grapes in Quetta and other parts of Balochistan, Naseebullah who appeared to be a government employee informed.

Black grapes do not need regular water rather they are naturally grown in the rugged mountains of Ziarat, Toba Kakarai, Toba Achakzai and Kan Mehtarzai areas of Balochistan. “Medical experts say black grapes are also good for human health since they naturally grow without any pesticides”, Naseebullah mentioned.

Markets awash with juicy delicious fruits in Quetta

Markets are awash with various fruits in this provincial capital. Luscious fruits from Balochistan are also sent to markets across the country. “Government should support growers of Balochistan”, Haji Abdul Rehman Bazai, the central leader of Zamindar Action Committee (ZAC) said.

Mr. Bazai lamented that there was no power supply and the growers have what he claimed suffered billions of rupees in financial losses. “No power supply”, he claimed, criticizing the Quetta Electric Supply Company (QESCO) for its failure to provide a power supply to growers.

However, QESCO claimed that there was an outstanding Rs.419 billion against the growers community across Balochistan.

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