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| Last Updated:: 14/02/2016

Agriculture

 

AGRICULTURE 

        Nagaland is predominantly an agrarian economy with agriculture and allied sector as one of the main contributors to the state economy .The numerous festivals are centered on agriculture and its practices. Rice, the principal crop of the state is cultivated in about 70% of the Net cultivated area registering a production of 4,54,140 MT during 2014-15. The other major crops include maize, linseed, potato ,pulses, soya bean, sugarcane , jute, gram , cotton and castor .However self – sufficiency in food grains is yet to be achieved and the state is still dependent on imports. 

        Agriculture is the major contributor to Gross State Domestic Product(GSDP) and is also the largest employer of the workforce in the state, engaging 60 per cent of the working population .During 1950’s almost 96.5 per cent of the population was dependent on agriculture but slowly declined to70 per cent in 1970’s and 60 per cent by 2013.Despite the importance of agriculture in the State‘s economy the contribution of this sector in GSDP showed a downward trend from 26.64 per cent in 2011-12 to 24.73 per cent in 2014-15 following the same in Annual Growth rate to 5.33 per cent to 4.01 per cent.

 

Source: Statistical Handbook of Nagaland 2014