Ratnagiri’s local Konkani people are very hard working. They happily work with the few precious resources provided by nature. Considering Ratnagiri’s agricultural production, rice is the main crop here and mangoes, cashews, coconut, betel nut, jackfruit, Kokum, different types of spices and other agricultural products are the specialties of Ratnagiri. The fishing business can be found on a large scale on the Harne, Ratnagiri, Mirya and Nate ports. It`s interesting to see the auction of fish that takes place on these ports. The Laterite mine is another such occupation that provides a requisite and regular employment to the local people of Ratnagiri. This Laterite mine provides bricks for building houses, building steps, temples, and the pathways in Konkan.
More than 65,000 acres of land is under mango cultivation, and the biggest production of Alphonso mangoes in India is in Ratnagiri.
The major agricultural production in Ratnagiri is rice. It is an important component in the daily diet.
The auction of the fish carried on the fishing ports is interesting to watch. Even tourists can buy a lot of fresh fish here.
There are many cashew processing units in Ratnagiri district where tonnes of cashew nuts are produced every year.
The sweet inner part of the coconut is used by the housewives, almost in every dish that they prepare.
The ripened yellow betel nuts spread on the rooftops of Konkani houses for sun drying during winter and summer is the thing to watch.
These wonderful spices are the reason why the Konkani delicacies smell and taste so good!
The Konkani houses built from these red bricks of laterite are very suitable for living in Konkan’s humid atmosphere.
The Konkani people are very much dependent upon these skilled workers as they provide new equipment, make repairs, and prepare a variety of utensils.