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Omar seeks 'medicinal plants producing zone' status for J&K

J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah asked Centre to declare the state as 'medicinal plants producing zone', besides seeking central projects in the state to promote commerce and handicrafts and speedy completion of central power projects.

delhi Updated: Feb 10, 2009 07:49 IST

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday asked Centre to declare the state as 'medicinal plants producing zone', besides seeking central projects in the state to promote commerce and handicrafts and speedy completion of central power projects.

Omar, who met Union Minister of State for Commerce and Power Jairam Ramesh here said the state has vast potential for producing plants of medicinal value and spices.

The Chief Minister also sought central projects for the development of Pashmina, Kani-shawls and sozni works.

He said handicraft sector promises greater employment and economic opportunity in Jammu and Kashmir and pointed out that there is a need for encouraging artisans and crafts people by way of skill development and innovative designs, especially in carpet weaving, sozankari, shawlbafi and basholi crafts, among others.

He also discussed various aspects of the Craft Development Institute coming up at Pampore, Kashmir with the central assistance.

During his interaction with the Union Minister, he said, "Horticulture industry is a sheet anchor for the State's rural economy," and sought central assistance for enhancing the productivity and production of horticulture produce in the State.