AGRICULTURE

Agriculture is the main source of living for the people of Arunachal Pradesh. Majority of people in the state are dependent on agriculture and Jhum cultivation is the main occupation of the farmers. Rice is the chief food crop in Arunachal Pradesh. Some other major crops cultivated in the state are millet, wheat, pulses, potatoes, sugarcane, oilseeds, and maize. The agriculture in Arunachal Pradesh also comprise of production of few endemic vegetables and fruits.

Area and Production of Food Crops, 2005-06

Food Crops

Area

Production

Rice

122267

146191

Maize

41853

57898

Millet

22802

22376

Wheat

3976

6140

Pulses

7720

8285

Total

198618

240890

Area and Production of Commercial Crops, 2005-06

Commercial Crops

Area

Production

Oilseeds

27566

23695

Potato

3963

29838

Ginger

4814

33326

Turmeric

427

1631

Chillies

2168

2646

Sugarcane

878

16811

Total

39816

107947

Source: Statistical Abstract of Arunachal Pradesh 2006

(http://db.nedfi.com/content/field-crops)