Agriculture has been practiced in India since the Indus Valley Civilization. In terms of agricultural output, India stands second in the world. The sector employed over half of the Indian workforce in 2018 and generated 17—18% of the country's GDP. Agriculture provides a living for 80 percent of the rural inhabitants in the Indian State of Jharkhand. It is their major source of employment and primary income.
“ We are slowly shifting from traditional agriculture to horticulture products now. JSLPS (Jharkhand State Livelihood promotion Society) is working especially for the women Self help groups who are involved in agricultural practices under Mahila kisan sashaktikaran pariyojna (MKSP). The focus is to encourage cultivation of horticultural cash crops and non timber forest products like mahua, tamarind, lemon grass, etc. I personally feel Jharkhand is a horticulture state,” said Nancy Sahay, Deputy Commissioner, Hazaribagh.