Industries & Economy
The Narmada river bringing in fresh water from the Vindhyachal Ranges has developed Jabalpur district into an agrarian economy. The land of the Narmada basin with its fertile alluvial soil gives good yields of sorghum, wheat, rice and millet in the villages around Jabalpur.
VFJ along with the other Indian Ordnance Factories is the main employer and key contributor to the city’s economy.
Jabalpur has Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, Grey Iron Foundry, Gun Carriage Factory Jabalpur and the Ordnance Factory Khamaria manufacturing a variety of military supply products for the Indian Armed Forces, the Paramilitary Forces of India, the Central Armed Police Forces, State Armed Police Forces and the Special Forces of India. These organisations are the primary employers of the city and have allied establishments such as the Directorate General of Quality Assurance (DGQA), which is responsible for the inspection of quality of equipment manufactured by the Indian Ordnance Factories, Central Ordnance Depot which stores and supplies the equipment and weapons to the Armed Forces, 506 Army Base Workshop which overhauls and repairs the existing equipment of the Armed and Police Forces, Defence Security Corps which has the overall responsibility of guarding the Indian Ordnance Factories. Together these organisations alone employ over 100,000 people and have the same number of retired personnel.
Jabalpur has a variety of industries largely based in mineral substances of economic value found in the district, although the ready-made garments industry is a substantial portion of production in Jabalpur. In early 1900s, Jabalpur region became a major centre of the beedi industry.
The important industries in Jabalpur are:
Education and Consultancy
Industrial Safety Goods
Important among commercial crops are pulses, oilseeds, cotton, sugar cane and medicinal crops. The state is poised for a breakthrough in soybean cultivation. In Kharif crops occupy 60% and Rabi crops 40% area with 71.4% area under food grain production. Nearly 59% of landholders are marginal whereas small farmers share 18% of farmland. Low literacy rates (35.45%), undulating topography, high percentages of waste land (13.2%), underdeveloped irrigation potential (23%), low ground water utilization, large proportion of rain fed agriculture (75%), practice of Kharif fallows (3.6%), low cropping intensity (131%), low fertilizer consumption (50 kg/ha), high proportion of low value crops, and high numbers of unproductive livestock constrain production in the state.
Jabalpur is an important Divisional Headquarters having 8 districts: Jabalpur, Seoni, Mandla, Chhindwara, Narsinghpur, Katni, Dindori, Balaghat. The Jabalpur District has been reconstituted on May 25, 1998. It now has four tehsils Jabalpur, Sihora, Patan and Kundam. Jabalpur also has the headquarters of the Madhya Pradesh State Electricity Board, Homeguards and many other State and Central Government Offices. There are 7 Blocks in the district with 1449 inhabited villages, 60 uninhabited, 1209 revenue villages and 4 forest villages. The presence of several industries in Jabalpur bolstered the industrial scenario of the city.