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Davanagere was famous for textiles, with the DCM [Davanagere Cotton Mills] brand being famous in India. Davanagere was a major cotton textile exporter during the 1960's till the 80s. But most of the mills were shut down during the 90s and currently the major agro-industrial activity around Davanagere revolves around rice and sugarcane, with a number of sugar mills in and around this area.
Davanagere is also known for its higher educational institutes, most of which are run by the Bapuji Educational Association & other institutions. Davangere has two Dental colleges, three engineering colleges,two medical colleges, one ayurvedic medical college, a fashion design college and a number of other colleges offering courses in arts, commerce and science. The student population is made up of people from different cities and states in India. There are a few foreign students studying at Davanagere.
Davangere has a big shoping mall well famed all over karnataka i.e B.S.Channa Basappa and Sons. This is a big garment shop of the city with its branches spread all over the city. Besides mills, various educational institutions Davangere houses major Cricket and Football Clubs which provides bulk of opportunities to youngsters of this locality. R Vinay Kumar from Davangere is a famous cricketer who plays for Karnataka's Ranaji Trophy Cricket Team as leading pace-bowler, who also played for Royal Challengers in the first edition of IPL.
Davanagere district carved out of the erstwhile three districts namely Chitradurga, Shimoga and Bellary derives its name from DEVANAGARI. Davanagere is one of THIRTY districts of Karnataka state. With creation of the new district on 15th August 1997 with Davanagere as its headquarters the district was given the name of the headquarters town called Davanagere.
LOCATION : A unique district located in the central part of northern Karnataka lies between 13 .5 and 14 .50 north latitudinal parallels and 75. 30� and 76. 30� east longitudinal parallels. The district is bounded by five districts namely Haveri and Shimoga on the west, Bellary on the north, Chitradurga on the east,
Chitradurga and Shimoga on the east, and Haveri on the southwest. Tungabhadra River passes through Honnali taluk and later forms natural boundary on the west along Harihar and Harpanhalli borders. Davanagere and Harihar towns lie on NH4 through which broadgauge railway line also passes
Davanagere was once a famous trade and manufacturing centers and was popularly called as Manchester city of India for its vast cotton growing area and the existence of the cotton textile industries and production of high quality fabric. Being situated in a groundnut, pulses and cotton growing tract, the place had a number of groundnut oil factories.
In addition to this number of sugar factories in the district, clearly manifest that Davanagere was a prominent industrial centre in the State.
But now the district is reduced to agricultural district due to the closure of cotton mills and many oil and rice mills.
The small scale industries in the district constituted about 1.9 per cent of the total units in Karnataka. Of these, nearly 40 per cent are located in rural areas as against the state proportion of about 38 per cent the district accounted for about 2.9 per cent of small scale sector employment in the state. The per unit employment, investment in plant machinery, capacity utilization are also lower than the state average.
Falling in line with the state, food and food processing industry provides the highest employment in the district followed by textiles, printing, metal products, machine tool, furniture and paper products. About 25 per cent of the workers are self employed in the district as against the state average of 22 per cent.