FATA & KP News – Latest News from Fata & KP at Radio TNN

 Breaking News

Features & Interviews

Food for thought; Chitralis pay less for tomato during shortage

Food for thought; Chitralis pay less for tomato during shortage
October 12, 2017

Gul Hammad Farooqi

CHITRAL, 12 October: The recent tomato shortage that hit the market taking its rates cross Rs300 per kilogram across the country, Chitral is the only area where tomato was available to its residents at much lower rates.

Residents of the district were not worried as around 3000 households grow tomato on hundreds of acres, supplying it to district and other parts of the country.

Farmers, mostly females, in Chitral’s Karimabad valley area have started supplying their crop to market, that lead to bring down its price.

Israruddin Saboor, a resident of of Dronil area of Karimabad valley who after completing his postgraduate degree in Business Administration convinced farmers to grow tomato in 2001.

Talking to Tribal News Network, Israruddin, a social activist, he said the more and more land could be brought under cultivation if the government help them construct irrigation channels. He complained of facing many problems to cultivate their lands.

He said he along with local residents dug eight-kilometer long irrigation channel to water the tomato crops on self-help.

“When it rains, the gushing rain water wash away these irrigation channels, taking them days to reconstruct,” he said.


Israr conduct door-to-door and cornor meetings to create awareness among farmers to grow cash crops including tomato. “Farmers now know that tomato is a cash crop that can earn them many as compared to wheat,” he said.

He said farmers who would earn Rs10,000 from wheat crops have been earning Rs0.5 million from tomato crops.

The area is one of the most backward in the district where the district as well as the provincial governments have not launched a single project. The poor road infrastructure is major hurdle in way to market the crop.

Rahima, a female who too grows tomato on her field, said the crop was the only source of income as money earned by selling tomato help them pay fee of her children education as well as daily expenses.

She demanded of the government to approve funds for construction of irrigation channels. Madiha, another female farmer, complained of problems they face while irrigating their crops due to which a large portion of the crops got dry.

Residents of valley demanded of the government to approve funds for construction of roads and irrigation channels.


Related Articles


Fata Reforms


  • Absenteeism of teachers, damaged buildings make 900 schools non-functional in FATA

    In tribal areas of Pakistan, more than 800 schools have been closed or still remained non-functional due to poor law and order situation in the region. A large number of schools were either damaged or destroyed by Taliban when they were in control of major parts of FATA.  Since majority of displaced populations have returned […]

  • Returnees and displaced families from FATA seek food security

    Hundreds of displaced families from North and South Waziristan and Khyber Agency are still living a displaced life. However, the IDPs and repatriated from Fata have claimed that government was, seemingly, least interested to facilitate and provide food to the terrorism-affected tribal people.

  • Political parties running campaigns to increase vote bank among repatriated people of FATA

    Political hustle and bustle have been gaining vigor at the in the areas of return in FATA with public gatherings being organized at hujras and local offices of political parties ahead of forthcoming general elections.During 2013 general elections thousands of families from different agencies of Fata were living in camps and with relatives due to military operations.


March 2018
« Feb