Apricots grow in abundance in the village of Machulo but a lot of the crop goes to waste. FFB has put a lot of efffort and equipment into encouraging more effective use of this valuable resource - the Machulo Apricot Project.
Last modified by Andy on 2018-06-24 15:46:37
The village of Machulo has great potential in the apricot industry, however, lack of education and training mean the sector has not developed. Most of the apricot trees have not been grafted and are wild leading to a lot of wastage. Hundred of tons of apricots are destroyed every year. Nothing has changed for hundreds of years.
Traditionally, apricots were preserved and fed to the cattle. Sold in the market they would only realise about 100 rupees for 80 kg. The FFB realised that if people were trained in proper, high quality preservation of the fruit they would be able to generate substantially more income. The Foundation organised trips for local women to Hunza and Gilgit to show them what could be achieved and to teach them how preservation techniques. In addition, they learnt how to graft quality apricots on to the wild apricot trees. Three hundred wooden apricot drying stands were provided by the FFB, distributed amongst the households. In return each household was required to make six wooden trays and produce 40 kg of dried apricots.