As a consequence, rural poverty is also increasing manifold, increasing migration to urban centres for survival.
HYDERABAD: The gum berry, locally known as lasoda (Cordia dichotoma), a wild fruit is ripening in different parts of Sindh, inspiring traditional people, especially women and children, who look forward to enjoying the seasonal fruit.
Sindh forest department officials, who prepare plant nurseries across the riverine forest, mainly focus on forest species. They said that people do not demand lasoda plants for plantation in their fields, offices or public places, which was why they do not plant the species as well.
The lasoda is considered a medicine by some people, who consider the fruit is useful for healing joint pain, cough, asthma, skin ailment, fever, headache, diarrhoea, intestinal worms, wounds, etc. But now the practice is not common because of unavailability of this fruit tree.
Some activists said previously these lasoda trees were planted on the boundaries of fields around fruit orchards to provide protection against strong winds.
Some elderly recall how the street vendors used to sell fresh lasoda door-to-door, mostly in summer days of April and May. But now neither the trees are available nor the wild fruits available for vendors to continue their business.
For now, there are no organised efforts to replant the tree and promote its traditional uses at the government level.
Standing at the banks of fresh water channels, in fruit gardens mainly along mango orchards, houses and public places in several villages, this wild fruit always attracts people who eat it fondly because of its particular taste and sweetness.
This fruit is considered an important source of minerals, fibre, vitamins and other anti-oxidants, providing essential nutrients.
HYDERABAD: The gum berry, locally known as lasoda , a wild fruit is ripening in different parts of Sindh, inspiring traditional people, especially women and children, who look forward to enjoying…