Photo feature: Jharkhand state shifting from traditional agriculture to horticulture products

We are working on a convergence model in agriculture where the allied departments like horticulture, Animal husbandry, Soil conservation are working in tandem to provide High Value Agriculture( HVA) inputs in form of seeds, technology etc to the farmers for increasing their income; Nancy Sahay

Photo feature: Jharkhand state shifting from traditional agriculture to horticulture products
A farmer in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand state, using thresher farm machine for threshing of paddy crop to separate mustard seed from its chaff and straw. Primitive threshing methods used to involve beating by hand with a flail or trampling by animal hoofs. Photographs and Video by Rajeev Bhatt

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.

Farmworkers cutting the crops in a field at Hazaribagh, Jharkhand state.

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“ 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.

Video: Rajeev Bhatt