About Economy

Theni economy is mostly based on agricultural. Utilization of land area for cultivation in Theni district is 40.33%. Cumbum Valley is a major centre for grape production with 4,000 small farmers producing over 90,000 tonnes of Muscat grapes, locally known as panneer dhrakshai, and about 10,000 tonnes of Thomson seedless grapes.

The distinctive feature here is that the grapes are harvested throughout the year, while in most grape growing centers elsewhere the season ends with summer. Cotton Spinning Mills and Sugar Mills are the major industries in this district. In Andipatti Taluk Handloom weaving and power looms are flourishing. In Uthamapalayam Taluk, the High avis Estate produces an important amount of Tea. Bodinayakanur is a major market place for cardamom, coffee, tea and black pepper.

This city is also known as "Cardamom City" because of the large quantity of cardamom trade in this area. It has an auction centre for cardamom. The Periyar and Surliar Hydro Power Stations and the Vaigai Micro Hydro Power Station have 181 MW installed capacity and actual power generation of 494 MW in 1996 in this district. Theni is one of the active business hubs in the western side of Tamil Nadu, inviting more industries to its locality.