District

Noshki District Profile

Noshki District Profile The district is located in the north of Balochistan, sharing its boundaries in the east with Quetta and Chaghai District in the west. Kharan and Kalat Districts are on the south and Afghanistan in the north. The district headquarter is in “Nushki” town; it lies in south-west of Quetta, and is situated on a plain at the base of Quetta Plateau, 2,900 feet above Mean Sea Level. Eastern and southern parts of the district comprise of hilly areas while rest of the district area is a plain. The terrain elevation varies between 807-2,064 meters above Mean Sea Level. From Nushki, the flat Balochistan desert stretches to north and westwards toward the Helmand River. In 1902, a railway of 150 kilometer was sanctioned from Quetta to Nushki, it was completed in 1905. This railway made Nushki the starting-point of the caravan route to Seistan. From the strategic point of view a force operating from Nushki would flank any advance from the north to Kandhar, and would also guard the southwest approach to Quetta.

 

District Map Administratively the district has one tehsil of Noshki. The tehsil is further divided into 9 union councils respectively.

 Population

According to the 1998 census the total population of the district was 98,000 which included 52,337 Males (53%) and 45,663 Females (47%). With the annual growth rate of 3.27% the projected population of the district in 2015 is estimated around 169,351 in which males would be around 90,442 (53%) and females about 78,909 (47%). The average household size was 7.2 persons per household, according to the 1998 Censuses. Population density unlike other districts in Balochistan is relatively high in the district. In 1998, approximately 17 people resided per square kilometer area, whereas in 2010 it raised to 25 persons per square kilometer which means 8 persons increased per square kilometer in these 12 years..

Agriculture and livestock

Agriculture is the major source of livelihood in the district, wheat is the participle crop in the district, while a varies of crops and fruit grown. The major crops rabi crops, wheat, Barley Rapeseesd/ mustard Cumin, fodder, Sunflowers Onion vegetables, melons, chilies and cotton.

Major Fruits Grapes, pomegranate,  Dates, olive  

Livestock is the second most important sector in the District, goat, sheep,  poultry birds forming , while agriculture is mostly subsistence orientated using the rainfall dependent,  and saliaba and khuskaba forms of practices, water  for domestic purposes is brought

Agriculture in Nushki depends upon rainwater, tube wells and almost 50 per cent land in the district is rain fed. Rainfalls have reduced to one-fourth of the average annual rain which has created shortage of agriculture products and food for the livestock.