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J&K plans modern fruits markets to boost industry

The Jammu and Kashmir government said it is planning to set up modern fruit markets with necessary backup of cold storages and transport to boost the fruit industry in the state.

business Updated: May 23, 2009 13:50 IST

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Saturday said it is planning to set up modern fruit markets with necessary backup of cold storages and transport to boost the fruit industry in the state.

Horticulture is the mainstay of the state's economy and the Government is committed to upgrade the existing infrastructure, which includes setting up of modern fruit markets with necessary backup of cold storages, transport and other facilities, Minister for Horticulture and Floriculture Sham Lal Sharma said during a review meeting here todayin Srinagar on Saturday.

He called for introducing innovative techniques to develop improved varieties of fruits to give boost to the horticulture sector in the valley.

In order to remove various bottlenecks coming in the way of this vital sector, Sharma asked the officers to ensure quality control to compete in the global market for which strict parameters are required to be observed.

Horticulture Director MS Qasba said during the 2008-09, the valley produced 15.25 lakh tonnes of fruit, which includes 13.87 lakh tonnes of fresh fruits and 1.38 lakh tonnes of dry fruits. He said 3,140 tonnes of apricots were produced in Leh and 5,002 tonnes in Kargil during the same period.