Business and Economy in Chamba
Not long ago Chamba was one of the 250 most backward districts in India. Its secluded location as well as its hilly terrain might have been the reason for that. However, thanks to the government effort, the situation has improved drastically since then. With prudent use of funds allocated by the Backward Regions Grant Fund Programme (BRGF), the government has been able to bring about all round development in this region. While agriculture still plays a major role in the economy of the area, industry (small and cottage) and tourism are also major contributing factors in that.
Agriculture in ChambaUntil Project Green Gold was started by the government, farmers in Chamba mostly grew cereal crops such as rice, wheat and maize. However, due to smaller land holdings in the district, cultivation of cereal crops could not generate enough income for the farmers. Today however, their condition has changed completely for the better.
Project Green Gold in ChambaProject Green Gold was started with the aim of improving the economic condition of the farmers in Chamba through Self Help Groups. For doing this they took up a two-pronged strategy. While the first strategy was to train the farming community in the scientific methodology of agricultural the second one was to introduce different types of cash crops that would fetch more profits for them. The project also supplies quality seeds and fertilizers at a reasonable cost and provides all help in marketing the produce.
Farming Around Chamba Town
Fishing in ChambaFishing offers another important avenue for income in Chamba. With River Ravi flowing through the valley, many people earn their living by catching and selling fish. To know more, you may visit the office of Himachal Pradesh Fishery Department in Sultanpur locality in Chamba or call at 01899-223801
Trade and Commerce in ChambaTrade and commerce is also another important sector in the economy of Chamba. A large percentage of the residents of the town earn their living by trading. Most of the shops and shopping arcades are located near the central Chougan. Apart from meeting day to day necessities, some of these shops also sell beautiful handicrafts made in Chamba.
Cottage Industry in Chamba
Among the handicrafts of Chamba, cast metal articles need special mention. Small art objects made from brass has been vogue since ancient times. Today they play an important part in the economy of Chamba. In addition to these metal handicrafts, Chamba is also famous for its woolen shawls, handkerchiefs known as Chamba Rumal, embroidered chappals, musical instruments etc. The government is also trying to promote these crafts and introduce them to the world outside.
Small Scale Industries in Chamba
M/s Madhur Steel Furniture Udyog
Near Sultanpur Industrial Area
Phone No: 01899-223889
M/s New Mahajan Steel Udyog,
Near Sultanpur Industrial Area
Phone No: 01899-225521
Mobile No: 9418356018
Mahajan Fabrication Works
Sultanpur Industrial Area
Phone No: 01899-226776
Mobile No: 094180-67618
M/s AAR KAY Steel Industries
Phone No: 01899-224880
M/s Khanna Steel Industries,
Phone No: 01899-220402
Mobile No: 9418043323
In addition, the Handicraft and Handloom Corporation of Himachal Pradesh runs a shoe making factory in Rang Mahal in Chamba and a weaving center where shawls are being made.
Sago Fruit Industry, located on Kajjiar Road near Chamba, is a well known agro based industry of this region. It also has a unit in Sultanpur in Chamba. The company produces different types of pickles, jams and fruit drinks. They also produce pure honey, collected by domesticated honey bees from rich flora of the region. To contact you may call at 01899-225898.