Haveri District Profile

Haveri District Profile

Haveri, popularly known for Byadgi chilli variety and its market in South East Asia, is almost in the center of Karnataka. Geographically the district is situated between north latitude 140 28 to140 39 and east longitude 750 07 to 750 38. Haveri is one of the newly formed districts of Karnataka, a decade ago, on 15th August 1997. The district is located in northern semi rain fed and semi malnadu zone. The district is bounded, on the north by Dharwad and Gadag district, on the east by Bellary district, on the west by Uttar Kannada district and on the South by Davangere and Shimoga districts. Dharma, Kumadwati, Varada and Tunga- Bhadra are the four rivers  flowing in the district.

Haveri district has historical importance. The birthplace of sarvagna, Abalur is in Haveri district. The district is also proud to be associated with many holy and tourisum places like Kaginele, Abalur, Mailara, Kadarmandalgi, Shishuvinal and Ukkadgathri, etc.,

National Highway No 4 linking Pune and Bangalore passes through the center of the district providing one of the essential infrastructure for industrial development. Like wise Haveri is well connected through rail network connecting major places like Bangalore, Bombay, New Delhi etc.

General Information :

Total population of the district is 14,39,116, which constitutes 2.72 % of the total population of the state . Seventy nine percent of the population lives in rural areas as against the state average of 69 %. The density of the population per sqare kilometer was 296, which is more than the state average of 275. The male to female ratio is 943.  The SC population is 12.18% and ST population is 8.84% of the total population, while OBC and General is 78.98% of the total population. The agricultural workers are 11.19% (male) and 2.96% (female), while the non-agricultural workers are over 43.49% (male) and 27.75% (female). Literacy percentage of the district is 68.09%. 

The district has 19 hoblies and 208 gram panchayaths.. The Haveri district comprises 7 talukas, viz., Haveri, Byadgi, Hanagal, Hirekerur, Ranebennur, Savanur and Shiggaon.


(as on 31 March 2007 )

1 Geographical area (sq.kms) 4851.56 sq.km
a) No. of taluks 7
b) No. of villages (inhabited) 691
c) No. of villages electrified 691
d) No. of villages connected by all weather  roads  691
e)  No. of villages having supply of potable water  691
Rainfall (mm)
Normal Actual 
2005 2006 2007
753 916 714 810
3 Agro-climatic region & Zone Northern Transitional zone
Population  (in '000) (2001-02)
a) Male  740.47
b) Female 698.65
c) Total 1439.12
d) Population density/sq.km. 296
e)  Families below poverty line 66,843
5 Classification of workers 
a) Cultivators  203.63
b) of(a) Small & Marginal Farmers 129.41
c)  Agricultural Laborers  291.28
d) Artisans 27.36
e)  House-hold workers 27.64
f) Allied Agro-activities 7.00
g) Other workers 14.42
6 Land utilizations
a)  Geographical area (in ha.) 485,156
b) Net sown area (in ha.) 360,030
c) Forest (in ha.) 47,454
d) Fallow land (in ha.) 22,999
e) Land not available for cultivation (in ha.) 37,370
f) Cropping intensity 124%
g) Area brought under high yielding variety seeds (in ha.) 13955 ha.
7 Size of holdings( 2001-02)
Size  holding No. (%) Area (ha) (%)
a) Less than 1 ha. 57982 29.87 32328 8.47
b) Between 1 and 2 ha. 71430 36.80 103176 27.02
c) Above 2 ha. 64668 33.33 246293 64.15


194080 100.00 381797 100.00
8 Irrigation (in ha.) 2004-05
a) Net irrigated area 59928 ha
b) By canals 2186 ha
c) By wells 185 ha.
Borewells 28807 ha.
L.I. 15071 ha.
Tanks 11089 ha.
d) By other Sources (specify) 2590 ha.
9 Consumption of organic and chemical fertilizers and pesticides(per ha.) 0.12 tonnes
10 Agriculture support facilities
Seed / fertilizers/ pesticides depots Seed production Center -2
Rural Markets/Mandis 7 Agriculture produce market, 13 sub-markets
Rural Godowns 11 Nos./ Total capacity 9005 MT
Cold Storages 8 Nos./ Total Capacity 50790 MT
11 Animal Husbandry
a) Plough Animals 158000
b) Dairy Animals
i) Cows 305990
ii) Buffaloes 123400
c) Sheep/goat (198873+128841) 327714
d) Poultry 511503
12 Major food / commercial and plantation / horticulture crops

Cereals mainly Jowar, Maize, paddy and ragi are grown in the district. The important cash crops grown in the district are groundnut, pulses, chillies and cotton. Mango, sapota, banana, coconut, lime are the major horticultural crops grown in the district. Although no major shift has been observed in the cropping pattern over the years, the farmers in Haveri and Shiggaon blocks are gradually shifting towards soya-bean from ground nut. Also, gradual shift towards plantation crops was noticed in the recent years. shift in agriculture would largely depend on the rainfall pattern during the years.