Business and Economy of Adilabad

Agriculture, minerals, forests, exports - all these join together to make the economy of Adilabad. Adilabad is 2nd largest district in Telangana region, the first being Mahaboobnagar district. Adilabad is coming up at a fast pace economically. However, the district as such is among India's 250 most backward ones and is receiving funds from Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF).

Food Crops in Adilabad

The soil in this region is black cotton soil which aids the cultivation of food crops as well as non food crops. Cotton is grown in abundance and sold in Maharashtra and other neighbouring states. Other crops grown here include maize, jowar and pulses. Sunflower, soya bean, green gram and black gram are also grown here.


Penganga River


The fields are irrigated from the waters of Godavari with Kadam and Peddavagu as its tributaries. Other rivers in Adilabad district include river Penganga, Wartha and Pranahitha. Satnala, Swarnavagu and Suddavagu are river-lets in this district. Penganga river stretches on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra States.

Horticulture in Adilabad

Main source of economy in Adilabad is agriculture. Crops produced are jowar, paddy, cotton, wheat, maize, chillies, sugarcane, soya. However, horticulture assumes an important place as it gives supplementary source of income to farmers here. They grow fruits, vegetables and flowers, medicinal plants etc. Mulberry cultivation is also carried out in this region. Cotton cultivation tops the list, though. This is why Adilabad is also known as 'city of cotton'.


Cotton Cultivation


Another crop grown in Adilabad is ground nut. Oil is extracted from groundnuts and sold commercially. Agarbatti manufacturing units, wood based industries (furniture making, for instance), leather tanning industries, bakery products and bone mills for exporting various products, Ready made garments (in Adilabad and Mancherial area) and agrobased units like vermiceilli, dal mills, banana chips, fish feeds also contribute to the economy of Adilabad.

Forest and Minerals Resources in Adilabad

Minerals found in and around Adilabad comprise of laterite, black granite, coal, manganese, limestone, quartz, clay and road metal.

Dry deciduous forests are important source of forest fuel and timber. Beedi leaves, bamboo and teak are found in these forests.

Industries in Adilabad

Most of the industries here are pertaining to cotton spinning, cement manufacturing. Cotton is even exported to other countries abroad. Small scale industries include rice mills, cotton bales making factories, beedi manufacturing, engineering items, wood based industries, saw mills etc.


Agriculture in Adilabad


Agro based industries include cold storage plants, food processing industries, pickle manufacturing and canning industries etc. There are also rice mills, grinding mills and seed processing units in Adilabad.

Some of the industries in and around Adilabad include Orient cement (Devapur), The Sirsilk Ltd (Kagaznagar), The Association cement Co.Ltd. (Mancherial), The Nataraj Spinning weaving mill (Nirmal), Quality spinning mills (Bhainsa), Annapurna Cement Ltd. (Kagaj nagar), The Adilabad cotton growers (Adilabad), Penganga oils Ltd. (Adilabad), Makanlal Raj Kumar and Co. (Adilabad), Kashi Rasad and Sons Pvt. Ltd. (Adilabad) and G.S. Oils Pvt. Ltd. (Adilabad).

Handicrafts and Artisans in Adilabad

Toy making and dhokra casting crafts, wooden toys are famous here. Artisans also make tribal ornaments and work under co-operative scheme and Self Help Groups (SHGs) to aid in producing and marketing the toys.

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