Local Pear ‘Shoghori’ emerged as the best seller in the
CHITRAL; The local species of pear named ‘Shoghori’ has
emerged as the best seller in the national market over the last
one-and-half decade but the farmers have failed to ensure its
supply as per demand.
A local fruit merchant Rahmat Din told Chitral
Times that the local fruit market is in short supply of a
large amount of the variety which can be quantified into thousands
He said that this year, he had received order of about 20 thousand
kilograms of the variety from the market of Islamabad and Lahore
but he failed to supply it due to the low to its low yield as its
growing on commercial scale is yet to gain a prevalence among the
Known for its superb mellow taste, deep yellow color, brittle
substance, pleasant aroma and durability for lasting to a longer
period of more than seven months without being decomposed, the
shoghori was developed to a commercial scale by the agriculture
section of Aga Khan Rural Support Program.
Raising nurseries, the organization distributed saplings of the
high-valued fruit among the farmers free of cost and imparted them
technical guidance through its agricultural experts.
Mr. Din said that the low product of the pear variety is due to the
smaller number of its trees as the farmers still preferred to
cultivate cereal crops of wheat, maize and a number of vegetables
and plant the trees only in the margins of their farms.
He said that he knew very few farmers who had developed
full-fledged orchards for the pear or other kinds of fruits
including cherry, apple and apricot for which the soil of the
valley has been found to be too suitable.
He said that the variety is sold by Rs.250 to 300 rupees per
kilogram in Islamabad and other cities while in Chitral, its price
ranges from 150 to 180 rupees presently and it becomes double in
the off season.
Sajjad Ahmed, a manager in AKRSP, said that the variety of the pear
won first prizes for the local farmers in the fruit exhibitions
both on national level held in Karachi as well as in Dubai a few
“After the Dubai exhibition, the demand of the variety surge to
such a level that it could be sent in many containers loaded with
shoghori but it could not be supplied as the available quantity was
too low to be exported”, he said.
The agriculture section of AKRSP stands closed for the last couple
of years and there is no other organization to promote the
high-valued fruit trees including shoghori by raising nurseries
while no nursery of fruit trees is available in private sector in
Regarding the origin of the variety, Muhkamuddin, the former
chairman of Ayun and Kalash valleys Development Program (AVDP),
said that it was brought from Badakhshan province of Afghan by the
former rulers of Chitral about a century ago.
He contended that in some parts of the district, the pear variety
is also called Tazhian which is usually used for the people,
animals and goods brought from the belt of Afghanistan.
Shoghore is a village near Chitral city on Chitral-Garam Chashma
Road which leads to Afghanistan via Gobore Pass and the saying is
that its sapling was first raised in the village, so it came to be
named after the village as shoghori.