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Soon to be born Himalayan olive oil

Two projects, both with Italian contributions, in Nepal and Pakistan. In the District of Bajura hundreds of olive trees have been planted. In the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is pointing to put 4 million trees

Two different projects will have a starring role of Italy in an attempt to catch the olive in the Himalayas.

In the first case, in Nepal, the agronomic challenge was launched a few years ago by the University of Tuscia. The project, presented by the Department for Innovation in Biological Systems, Agri and Forestry (Dibaf) has its origin between 1994 and 1999 when the Tuscia organized two scientific expeditions aimed to the study of high altitude vegetation in the north-western Nepal. With the last expedition (1999) is found in the widespread presence of olive trees (Olea genus): native species Olea cuspidata and Olea glandulifera. Subsequently, through other missions, you find in Bajura District, village of Kolti, an appropriate site to experiment and bring you home to hundreds of olive trees from the collection of the University, become grafts Italian varieties (Olea europea) on local species Olea cuspidata widely spread on the territory of this region of the Himalayas. At the same time the local workers were trained to farming practice to kick off the project by planting plants in Nepal.

In the second case in Pakistan, the local Ministry of Agriculture, Arbab Ayub Jan has officially announced a project, funded by Italy with 360 million Pakistani rupees (approximately € 3 million) for the planting 4 million trees olive tree. Even in this case has already been found the most suitable, or the north-western province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The objective is to achieve self-sufficiency olive oil for the country.

by S. C.
07 january 2013, World News > Asia