Arunachal Pradesh is a state located in the north-eastern part of India. Known for its pristine beauty and lush green forests, the state is also known as the 'Land of the Rising Sun'. The land is mostly mountainous with the Himalayan ranges running north-south. The state is divided into five river valleys - the Kameng, the Subansiri, the Siang, the Lohit and the Tirap. These river valleys have immense hydropower potential, currently estimated at 50,328 MW, or approximately 22% of India's current power generating capacity.
Arunachal Pradesh is home to India’s largest and the world’s second largest monastery- Tawang monastery. Rich in flora and fauna, the state has a forest cover of over 82%. It shares international borders with Bhutan in the west and Myanmar in the east. The geographic location of Arunachal Pradesh provides opportunities for international trade with South Asian countries. Agriculture primarily drives the economy of the state.
Major Agro and forest-based industries in Arunachal Pradesh are related to tea, fruit, non-timber plywood and cane. A MoU signed by the state government in 2016 facilitates palm oil production in the state.
As of February 2019, Arunachal Pradesh had a total installed power generation capacity of 300.56 MW, comprising 116.55 MW from hydro, 112.49 MW from renewable energy sources (RES) and 71.52 MW from thermal.
The ‘North East Region Textile Promotion Scheme’ has facilitated 24 sericulture projects for holistic development of sericulture in the state. The projects have been approved for execution from FY15-19 with a cost of Rs.920.78 crore (USD $127.4 million). Raw silk production in the state reached 54 metric tonnes in 2017-18 and 44 MT in FY19 (up to December 2018).
The state is regarded as an 'Orchid Paradise', accounting for 601 species of orchids. Tourist arrivals in the state reached 4,51,152 in 2017 with 4,44,005 domestic visitors and 7,147 foreign visitors.
Andhra Pradesh, the 10th most populated state in India, is home to about 4.1% of the country's total population. The state's population of 49.4 mn is equivalent to the population of Spain.
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