Large area of Rajasthan is desert, hence, not suitable for agriculture. However, there are huge cultivated areas in parts other than Thar desert.
Farmers of Rajasthan produce maize, Bajra, Ragi, Jwar, Mustard seeds and other oil seeds in different parts of Rajasthan.
They also produce wheat, rice, cotton, sugar cane etc in irrigated areas. Sri Ganganagar and Hanumangarh are the main regions producing sugar cane and cotton. Sugar cane and cotton have helped developing agriculture based industries in Rajasthan.
Some of the farmers produce fruits such as Gwabha, Kinnu, Malta and Pomegranate along with some vegetables.
Rajasthan is known for its spice production. Chilly of Mathania is famous India wide.
Pushkar region of Rajasthan is renowned for its horticulture and produces Rose flowers.
Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, is also center of Ayurveda and lot of herbs are used here to prepare Ayurvedic and herbal medicines.Gwar Gum is one of the main commercial product of Rajasthan and it also produces several cattle fodders. Thar desert is one of the main areas in Rajasthan that produce cattle feed.
Rajasthan is pioneer in India in organic farming. Large number of cattle in Rajasthan help it producing organic manure and pesticides. Bhanwarlal Kothari, the then Chairman, Rajasthan Go Seva Ayog (A Government body for developing cattle) had initiated for organic farming and helped farmers to produce organic manure and pesticides through various initiatives and incentives.
Several other non-profit organizations such as Rajasthan Govansh Rakshan Samvardhan Parishad, Rajasthan Go-Seva Sangh, Balaram Go-seva sadan, Society for Ancre has also been playing key role in promoting cattle based organic farming.
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