Some of the agricultural-based (or agro-based) industries in India include cotton, silk, woolen textiles, vegetable oil, sugarcane and jute textiles. All these industries are based on raw agricultural resources.
Agro-based industries occupy a significant part in the economy of India because the agricultural sector of the country is a predominant one. For example, the textile industry occupies 14 percent of the total industrial production of the country and provides employment for more than 35 million people, as of 2015. Agro-based industries have been a staple of the Indian economy since ancient times, with archaeological studies showing that the Harappan civilization was weaving and spinning cotton about 4,000 years ago.