economy of Kutch is still agro-based and therefore in spite
of shortage of water lot of emphasis is being laid on agricultural
and farming activities. Beside State government, the
Non-governmental charitable and research institutes like the
V.R.T.I. or Vivekananda Research and Training Institute at
Mandvi and its sister concerns is helping the farmers
in adopting latest farming techniques.
New ventures like building of water harvesting structures,
Farm Ponds, Drip Irrigation technique, Soil and Water Analysis,
Bio-Gas, smokeless chullah, cattle feed projects and plantation
are being promoted by the institute.
Over a period of time the cropping pattern in Kutch is changing
gradually. Gone are the days when Lakhpat area was a rice
bowl. Crops requiring less water and yielding more cash are
the pattern of the day.
- Bajri (maximum), Jowar, Wheat and Rice (negligible).
- Moong, Moth, Udad, Black gram, Beans.
seeds - Groundnut, Mustard, Sesaum (Til), Castor, Sunflower
and Cotton seeds.
- Guvar, Cattle feed , Cotton (Gossipium), Sugarcane,
Dates, Isabgol, etc.