Bardhaman Economy, Business and Industry

It is one of those places which are blessed with rich diversity of economy. Agriculture, Industry and Non-agro based economy; all has flourished to the maximum. Thus, making it one of the prosperous districts. 52% of the district's economy is dependent on Agriculture, where rice is the main crop. Due to the presence of the alluvial soil brought by the three rivers around the district, Damodar, Hoogly and the Ajay, the geographical position of the district has become a favorable place for cultivation. Rice is the main agro-product. Other products like mustard, jute, potato and sugarcane is also cultivated in the subsidiary areas. Due to its high production in agriculture Bardhaman is also known as "the Granary of West Bengal". Not only in neighboring states, rice the main agro product is also exported in the neighboring countries. The Damodar Valley Project has added the scientific dimension to the topographical advantage which the district has to make it one of the prosperous places in India.

Bardhaman is also famous for the Industries. The major industrial belt lies in the western part of the district. The Asansol and Durgapur subdivision has the favorable climate and infrastructure to support the booming industrial scenario of the district. The availability of Coal and Iron ore, the two chief components of an industrial belt has given the advantage of setting up the Industries. Added to this there is hydro-electric power production setup by the Damodar Valley Project, thus providing the hydro-electric power to support the post-independence industrialization. Due to the heavy demand of the industrial products both in country and in abroad the industrial area of Bardhaman became a principle site of investment of the foreign source since the post independence period. Heavy supply of raw materials to the domestic plants is also maintained thus saving them from heavy import cost.

The economy of the district is also supported by several cottage industries which has grown in the interiors of the district. Iron utensils & cutlery, dairy, gold & silver smithy, making of clay utensils and pottery etc are the principal occupation of rustics & also support their daily requirements.