Himachal Pradesh is predominantly an agricultural state where agriculture provides direct employment to about 71% of the total population. The agriculture sector contributes nearly 30% of the total state domestic product. The Department of Agriculture is dedicated to serve the farming community by implementing various Development programs and disseminating the relevant technology to increase productivity, production and profitability of field crops. The natural endowments like soil, land, water etc are being harnessed in such a way that cherished goals of ecological sustainability, economic upliftment of farming community are achieved. About 18-20% area is irrigated and rest is rain fed. Department has 11 Soil Testing Labs besides 2 Mobile Soil Testing Labs to provide free soil testing facilities to the farmers. About 100000 No's sample are analyzed annually.
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