Mandvi intertidal zone where pagadiya fishing takes place.
The pagadiya fisherfolk of Mandvi coast(apart from the three settlements explainedabove) combine pagadiya fishing withagriculture and animal husbandry. Pagadiyafishing is carried out in the 100 – 150 m wideintertidal zone. The Mandvi fisherfolk venturefor longer distances, sometimes upto 10 kmaway from their village,The main issue of the pagadiya fisherfolk isthe uncertainty in fish catch and the lowreturns from fishing, which only supports ahand-to-mouth existence.
The Mandvi coastal area is a thriving cotton cultivationzone, with cotton farms seen 1.5 – 2 km away from thecoast.
Both Irrigated and dry land farming arepracticed in the area. Usually, the source ofwater for irrigation is Ground water drawnthrough bore-wells. Ground water is salineupto 15 km from the coast and highly salineupto 4 km from the coast. Thus, we see thatdry land farming is practiced near the coastand irrigated farming is practiced in the farmsthat are 5-6 km away from the coast. Cotton,Jowar, Bajra are the main crops grown here.Some villages, especially in the centralcorridor are endowed with good surfacewater facilities, and irrigated agriculture ispossible in these villages.