Authors: S. R. Singh, Nazeer Ahmed, J. I. Mir and Abid Mir
Central Institute of Temperate Horticulture (ICAR), Old Air Field, Rangreth,
Srinagar -190007 (J&K). Email: email@example.com
Walnut (Juglans regia) is one of the important nut crop of India being exported to more than 42 countries with earnings of more than Rs. 300 crores annually. The area under walnut in India is about 1,49,502 ha with production and productivity of 2,84,409 tones, 1.90 t/ha respectively. It is grown mainly in Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh. However Jammu & Kashmir is the major walnut producing state contributing 80.58% of total area and 91.16% total production of the country. The most important walnut growing districts in Kashmir are Anantnag, Pulwama, Kupwara, Budgam, Baramulla and Srinagar while in Jammu region Doda,Kistwar, Poonch, Udhampur are important with minor quantity in Rajouri and Kathua. In Himachal Pradesh Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Kinnaur, Sirmour, Chamba are important with a productivity of 2.70t/ha. While in Uttarakhand Nanital, Dehradun, Pauri, Tehri, Chamoali, Almora and Pithoragarh are major growing areas with productivity of 1.10t/ha (Table 1).The major importing countries of walnut from India are Spain, Egypt Arab Republic, Germany, Netherlands, United Kingdom, France, and Taiwan (APEDA-2011-12).
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