Economy

Bussiness and Economy of Kolhapur

Over the years kolhapur district has emerged for having one the highest per capita income in india. Today, Kolhapur boasts for having the maximum number of Mercedes car owners,being the sugar bowl of india and with sugar spinning and textile mills spread throughout Kolhpur district it surely has raced ahead of many other cities in terms of economic growth in recent years and has established itself as a prominent destination in the state of Maharashtra. 

The industries in kolhapur can be divided into 2 main categories:

Large Scale Industries in Kolhapur

The major industries in kolhapur district are spinning mills, sugar industries,textile mills anda supported by industries in sectors like engineering goods,poultry,foundry,chemicals etc which generate employment for lakhs of people in and around Kolhapur.

Small Scale Industries in Kolhapur

The major small scale industries are into manufacturing auto spare parts, casting work, engineering works, diesel engines, silver ornament and Kolhapuri chappals. There are many other small scale and cottage industries in rural areas which are family run bussiness run down through generations into trades like hand-loom-weaving, gold smithy, oil crushing, brick and tile making, leather works and tanning and black smithy etc in the Kolhapur district which collectively provides employment to large number people.

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Hupari Silver

Silver And Gold Industries

Along with urban areas the village of Hupari near kolhapur city has today become a busy and well known place for gold and silver industry. Jewellry made here is unique and is made keeping in traditional artistry. The specialty jewelry crafted here are Anklets or Payal of various length and designs, Gujrav and special kinds of necklaces. Silver jewellry from Hupari is in great demand in India and abroad. Jewellry shops in kolhapur and nearby cities like Miraj, Sangli, and Belgaum make good bussiness selling Hupari jewellery to women from these areas and elsewhere who are found of such ornaments. The Kolhapuri Saaj is a speciality of Kolhapur is exported to countries like America and Austalia. This industry has annual turnover of crores each year and employs thousands of artisans and traders in and around kolhapur.

Agriculture in Kolhapur

Having fertile Agricultural Land in and around Kolhapur district agriculture is the backbone of the economy of Kolhapur. Rice and Sugarcane are the chief crops grown in this region on a large scale. Maharashtra is the largest producer of the jaggery in India. Kolhapur district has been producing sugarcane and jaggery since a long time. Jaggery is sold by brokers on behalf of agriculturist to other parts of india. Jaggery of Kolhapur is also exported to countries in Asia, Africa and other continents across the world. Kolhapur district also has a presence of many sugar refineries and collectively they process more than 5000000 metric ton of sugarcane. Sugarcane farmers of kolhapur itself bring in approximately 13 billion to the economy. Sugar from this region is exported all across india and abroad.

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Textile Industry in Kolhapur

The Kolhapur industry is driven predominantly by the textile industry and is mainly dominated by local manufacturers and Marwari Rajasthani traders. Ichalkaranji, a city in kolhapur district is home to one of the oldest textile industries in India. Also Known as the “Manchester of Maharashtra” Ichalkaranji has nearly 5000 textole factories and is known to be one of India’s largest centers for sma;ll scale industry. A few decades ago Ichalkaranji was famous for textile goods like cotton poplin, dhotri, and  cotton saris but with changing times and technological advancement Kolhapur is now home to domestic and international fashion brands such as Raymond’s of India, Armani, Banana Republic , Hugo Boss, Paul Smith and many more. Textile goods manufactured in city are sold all over India as well as exported to various parts of the world.

Arts and Handicraft Industry in Kolhapur

Kolhapur is well known for its local arts and Handicraft market. Kolhapuri chappals a specialty is manufactured by the local cobbler community and skilled people dedicated to this art and is famous throughout india and abroad. There are 15 co-operative societies of kolhapuri chappals manufacturers in the district employing thousands of people directly or indirectly i.e., Artisans, dealers, raw material suppliers, helpers and others. The kolhapuri chappales manufactured are of two major  types 1) Export Variety 2) Fancy Variety. The total production of export variety and fancy kolhapuri chappals is estimated to be crores annually. Within the city centrally located Shivaji Market has a concentration of 150 shops of which most exclusively deal with kolhapuri chappals. The rest of the production of fancy variety is sold locally and rest in Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Banglore and other commercial centers in the country through dealers and other retail outlets . Kolhapuri Chappals are mainly exported to China, Japan, France and Australia.

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