SRINAGAR: Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah Monday listed the measures and packages his government has put in place to give boost to horticulture and ameliorate the lot of a large chunk of population associated with this important activity in the state. The Chief Minister mentioned drip irrigation, distribution of quality planting material, coverage of feasible areas under cultivation of disease resistant and early maturing, varieties of apple, stone fruits, almond, walnut and other nuts in the temperate zone and citrus fruits in sub tropical areas and said that focus is on production of quality fruit and its smooth marketing. Omar said that horticulture is responsible for generating substantial livelihood for the people and strengthening of economy. He said this sector offers great promises for investors to invest. He urged upon the educated youth to venture upon in this sector under MSME programme for which package of incentives are available for them. Talking to a deputation of fruit growers from Shopian, in his ‘Monday Awami Mulaqaat’ here, the Chief Minister said that a Modern Fruit Market at Shopian will not only give considerable fillip to the handling and marketing of fruit from this area but ensure remunerative returns for horticulture produce. The deputation of fruit growers conveyed their gratitude and thanks on behalf of over 22000 families associated with this economic activity in Shopian district to the Chief Minister for granting a Modern Fruit Market to this district known for production of apples and other fruits. They extended invitation to Omar Abdullah to visit the area and lay foundation of the new Fruit Mandi.“The people of the area want to receive you warmly and welcome you at their place” they added. The deputations from Sopore, Baramulla, Kothar, Achabal and Rajpora extended similar invitations to Omar Abdullah for visiting these areas which he accepted and thanked the people for their love.Speaking to a deputation of Beopar Mandal, the Chief Minister said that trade and commerce activities nurture economy and his government is determined to help grow and expand trade, industries and commerce in the state. He said qualified youth are being provided various incentives to get engaged in trade, commerce and industrial activities to earn respectable livelihood and provide opportunities to others in this regard. During his interaction with a deputation of All J&K Mochi Traders Federation, the Chief Minister said that inclusive and equitable development is bench mark of development policy of his government. He said that weaker sections are being focused for holistic development under various programmes. As many as 74 deputations from all across the state and concerning various organisations and associations besides scores of individuals met the Chief Minister in today’s ‘Monday Awami Mulaqaat’, presented their memoranda and sought his intervention in redressal of their grievances. The deputations which met the Chief Minister included those from Rajouri, Qazigund, Wathura, Shopian Rajpora, Baramulla, Achabal, Kothar,Islamabad, Srinagar, Bemina, Tral, Budgam, Pulwama, Soura, Zadibal, Awantipora, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kulgam, Banihal, Sopore, Samboora, Kupwara and concerned with various Unions, Associations and Auqaf Committees.