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CHITRAL HORTICULTURE SOCIETY

Location

Chitral is the largest district of Khyber PakhtunKhwa province in Pakistan it covers an area of around 14850 sq km. It has a population of around 5000,000 with the Kho and Kalash communities living peacefully together for centuries. This remote land of mountain valleys, rapid streams and gushing rivulets is tucked away in the furthest north western corner of Pakistan.

In whichever direction you gaze, mountains dominate the horizon. The valleys are encircled with peaks of splendor with its highest peak Tirich Mir at 7708m standing sentential north of the main town which has the same name as the valley “ Chitral “

The terrain of Chitral is  78 per cent mountainous , 4.8 per cent is covered by forest  the rest are narrow alluvial valleys in between high mountains. In between these towering mountains its lowest point is Arandu valley at 1,094 meters then gradually rises to Boroghil valley at 3800m , a good 200 km away.

Generally speaking agriculture in Chitral  is still practiced according to traditional methods, where wooden plough and wooden sickle are still in use.

The main crops grown  in the valleys are wheat , millet, corn, rice, vegetables pulses and fruit.  In the fertile river plain double cropping is practiced.  The area offers a variety of fruits, like grapes, pomegranates, apples, peaches, apricots, figs, plums, cherries, mulberries  and excellent varieties of pears & grapes.