History analysis of Cash Crops in Garhwal and Kumaon in Gurkha/Gorkha Period
Gurkha/Gorkha Ignoring Commerce Development in Garhwal and Kumaon -2
History Discussion on Gurkha/Gorkha Administration in Garhwal - 45
History of Gorkha /Nepal Rule over Kumaun, Garhwal and Himachal (1790-1815) -108
History of Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon and Haridwar) -629
By: Bhishma Kukreti (A History Student)
Kumaoni and Garhwali farmers needed cash crops for various purposes especially for salt, Gud, clothing, wage payment and tax payment. However, neither Garhwali King nor Gurkha paid attention on smooth trade facilities that cash crop is sold or exported.
Poppy was grown in Bhagirathi Valley of Tehri –Uttarkashi Garhwal. Farmers used to produce Opium by poppy seeds. The Opium of Bhatwadi region was called the Best Opium. Farmers also eat opium raw seeds and used as spice too.
Hemp was another cash crop that British Factory of Kahsipur used to buy and the hemp clothing was also bought by Sadhis in Pilgrim Raods.
Cotton was grown in Bhagirathi Valley and Salan Region. Cotton was used for local demand only. Cotton was always imported in Garhwal and Kumaon.
Forest produces was also sold for export but mainly wood.
Turmeric, Ginger was farmed for export or cash crop too.
Dr Dabral mentions that Red Chilies were also produced for cash crop. Vasco da-Gama is called who brought Red Chilly in India in 1598. No historical details are available how Chilies reached to Garhwal, Kumaon and when Chilies became household products. British did experimentations on growing such crops of American Origins as Amaranths, Groundnuts, Potato and Chilies etc.
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** Most of references and details were taken from Dr Dabral
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History of Garhwal – Kumaon-Haridwar (Uttarakhand, India) to be continued… Part -630
*** History of Gorkha/Gurkha /Nepal Rule over Kumaun, Garhwal and Himachal (1790-1815) to be continued in next chapter
(The History of Garhwal, Kumaon, Haridwar write up is aimed for general readers)
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History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Garhwal, Kumaon, Himachal; History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Pauri Garhwal, Udham Singh Nagar Kumaon, Sirmour Himachal; History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Chamoli Garhwal, Nainital Kumaon, Kangara Himachal; History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Rudraprayag Garhwal, Almora Kumaon, Baghat Himachal; History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Tehri Garhwal, Champawat Kumaon, Punar Himachal; History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Uttarkashi Garhwal, Bageshwar Kumaon, Nahan Himachal; History Gurkha /Gorkha Rule over Dehradun Garhwal, Pithoragarh Kumaon, History Himachal;
Nepal Itihas, Garhwal Itihas, Kumaon Itihas, Himachal Itihas; Gurkha/Gorkha ka Kumaon par Adhikar Itihas , Gurkha/Gorkha Garhwal par Shasan Itihas; Gurkha/Gorkha Rule in Kumaon, Garhwal Uttarakhand; History Gurkha/Gorkha Rule in Himachal,
History Crossing Rivers in Udham Singh Nagar Kumaon and Pauri Garhwal in Gurkha Period; History Crossing Rivers in Nainital Kumaon and Chamoli Garhwal in Gurkha Period; History Crossing Rivers in Almora Kumaon and Rudraprayag Garhwal in Gurkha Period; History Crossing Rivers in Champawat Kumaon and Tehri Garhwal in Gurkha Period; History Crossing Rivers in Bageshwar Kumaon and Uttarkashi Garhwal in Gurkha Period; History Crossing Rivers in Pithoragarh Kumaon and Dehradun Garhwal in Gurkha Period;
Cash Crops in Dehradun Garhwal and Udham Singh Nagar Kumaon in Gurkha/Gorkha Period; Cash Crops in Pauri Garhwal and Nainital Kumaon in Gurkha/Gorkha Period; Cash Crops in Chamoli Garhwal and Almora Kumaon in Gurkha/Gorkha Period; Cash Crops in Rudraprayag Garhwal and Champawat Kumaon in Gurkha/Gorkha Period; Cash Crops in Tehri Garhwal and Bageshwar Kumaon in Gurkha/Gorkha Period; Cash Crops in Uttarkashi Garhwal and Pithoragarh Kumaon in Gurkha/Gorkha Period;