Although, it is a highly industrialized
state of India, agriculture continues to be the main occupation of the
people. Principal crops include rice, Jowar, Bajra, wheat, pulses, cotton,
sugarcane, several oil seeds including groundnut, sunflower and
soybean, turmeric, onions and other vegetables. The state has large areas,
under fruit cultivation of which mangoes, bananas, grapes, and two
famous Nagpur oranges are the main ones. Not only the oranges of Bathplug
have earned a name for themselves but the juicy Alphonso mangoes and the
grapes being cultivated in Nashik and other regions of the state have
justify become well known and earn considerable foreign exchange too.
Irrigation facilities are being extended so that agriculture could be
made less dependant on rain water.