BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: WWF continues to train men and women in remote mountainous areas to enable them to earn a living in conformity with nature.
In this connection, WWF organized a two-days training on Sea buckthorn fruits processing, value addition and marketing for rural women of Qurumbar National Park in collaboration with QSWCDO, under the framework of KNCF funded project, “participatory management of Qurumbar National Park, Ghizer” from December 16-17, 2105.
The training was conducted by Mr. Faizullah Khan from Pakistan Council of Science and Industrial Research (PCSIR), Skardu, Gilgit-Baltistan. During the training fifty one (51) women were participated from the buffer zone valleys of Qurumbar National Park. The purpose of the activity was to train the local women of Qurumbar National Park in sea buckthorn fruit processing, value addition, marketing and generate income to improve socioeconomic conditions and meet food security.
The training was attended by 51 women and QSWCDO’s members from Qurumbar National Park. The trainees were trained in preparation of four products Jam, Juice, squash and pulp prepared from sea buckthorn fruits/seed. Apart from sea buckthorn fruits, the participants were trained in making of jam from apple.
Mr. Zafar Muhammad, Chairman, PIDO was the Chief Guest during the last day of the training and distributed certificates among the participants. During his speech he stressed the participants to continue preparation of products in their villages. PIDO and QSWCDO will help to explore its marketing.
The training was started with recitation of Holy Quran followed by introductory session. After welcome address by Raja Muzaffar ud din, QSWCDO, Mr. Rehmat Ali, WWF-Pakistan briefed on the WWF in Gilgit-Baltistan and focusing on the KNCF-Japan funded project, titled, “Participatory Management of Qurumbar National Park, Ghizer.
Survey in Qurumbar National Park
To count and estimate the population of Himalayan ibex and habitat condition, a three days wildlife survey conducted from December 18-20, 2015 in potential nullahs of Qurumbar National Park. The survey was jointly conducted with Parks & Wildlife department, Gilgit-Baltistan and Village Wildlife Guards of QSWCDO.
A total of 682 animals were sighted during the survey. Among them 91 were scanned as trophy size animals. Pugmarks of Snow leopard were sighted during the survey. Habitat conditions of the area were also recorded in the survey.