Agriculture is the chief occupation of the people of
the state. The Majority of the population are cultivators and agricultural
labours. Rice is the Principal food crop of West Bengal. Other food crops
include maize, pulses, oil seeds wheat, barley, potatoes and vegetables.
The state supplies about 66% of the jute requirements of the country and
its soil and heavy rainfall are suitable for jute cultivation. Tea is
another important cash crop. Darjeeling tea is famous for its high quality.
Tobacco and sugarcane are also grown in the state.