Bifurcated in 2019, Ladakh is now a union territory, independent of Jammu and Kashmir. The region shares its borders with Tibet to the east, Himachal Pradesh to the south, and Jammu and Kashmir to the west.
The economy of Ladakh is mainly dominated by small farms and herding. A self-sufficient rural economy, the land is irrigated by a system of channels that use the ice and snow from the mountains. Major crops grown in the area include barley and wheat. Since rice has been subsidized by the government, the crop has made its way to being a cheap staple.
The union territory is also an exporter of plush pashmina products and dried apricots. Ladakh has rich deposits of limestone to manufacture cement. Indus River in the region gives it great hydropower potential. The hilly areas also has substantial solar and wind potentials.
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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