Pakistan to hold National Citrus Festival from January 18 to 19

National Citrus Festival

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is set to host the National Citrus Festival on January 18 and 19 in Sargodha, renowned as the hub of citrus production.

Sources said that the Federal National Heritage and Culture Division, in collaboration with the government of Punjab shall hold a National Citrus Festival in Sargodha on January 18th and 19th to showcase the economic and agricultural significance of citrus.

Sargodha is considered as the Citrus Capital of Pakistan as this city serves as the nation’s diverse citrus heritage.

According to details, Pakistan’s total citrus production is around 2.8 million tons during this season as compared to 1.3 million ton last year.

Meanwhile, Pakistan also exports citrus to major markets including Canada, UK, Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Iraq, Indonesia, Philippines, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Pakistan has estimated to export $85 million Kinnow during the last fiscal year whereas Pakistan’ overall Agriculture  and Food export was $752 million in FY 2023-24.

Sources said that the federal Minister of culture and Heritage, caretaker CM Punjab, Ambassadors of different countries will participate in this festival.

The purpose of this Festival is to attract visitors from across Pakistan, promoting national unity through shared cultural experiences.

Sources said that the festival will provide a national platform for businesses, farmers, and artisans to showcase and sell citrus-related products, fostering economic growth and national resilience, thereby contributing to a more socially cohesive society.

In addition, the government by conducting this event also wants to educate the public on citrus farming techniques, nutritional benefits, and sustainable agricultural practices, reinforcing a shared commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility.

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