The Agricultural Produce Market Committee Kangra came into existence in the Year 1981 and started functioning on 11.2.1981 with
Principal Market Yard at Kangra and Sub Market Yard at Nagrota Bagwan . The headquarter of APMC is at Gupt ganga Tanda Road ,
Kangra and administratively Secretary of APMC is the Head of Office. With the increase in the Agricultural production and
rising demand of the farmers , the APMC constructed need based SMY at Jassur , Baijnath, Jaisinghpur, Palampur ,Jawalaj ,
and Dharamshala. The SMY at Chota Bhangal and Guler are under construction with 2nd phase expansion of SMY Palampur.
Kishan Bhawan has been constructed at Icchi where farmers , traders and general public feels home stay with normal charges.
At the very inception of APMC Kangra, 36 dealers were provided licenses for carrying out business. The number of licenses has now been increased to 442. Initially the income of the committee was Rs.17221/- in the Year 1981-1982 which increased to Rs. 226362540 in the Year,2020-21 ( upto 28.02.2021)
Whole revenue estate of District Kangra was declared notified market area vide Notification No.Agr.HMB/5-7/76 dated 18.8.1982 under H.P. Agriculture Produce Market Act, 1969 (Act 9 of 1970) which has now been repealed vide section 86 of the Himachal Pradesh Agricultural & Horticultural Produce Marketing (Development & Regulation ) Act, 2005 (Act No.20 of 2005) as assented to by the Hon'ble Governor, Himachal Pradesh on 25th May, 2005. The NMA comprises of 15 development blocks viz. Baijnath,Bhawarna, Lambagoan, Panchrukhi, NagrotaBagwan, Kangra, Dharamsala, BheduMahadev, Rait, Dehra, Pragpur, NagrotaSurian, Nurpur, Indora and Fatehpur.
The Altitude of the district varies from 427 to 6401 m above sea mean level meaning thereby district have diverse climate. Its area extends from low foot hills to high wet temperate region through mid hill humid zone. Pir Panjal region receive high snowfall in winter, thus constitute the wet temperate hilly region. More than 70% of the rainfall is received in the period, July to September .Summers are hot in low valley but mild in other hilly areas. Average rainfall of low hill Sub tropical zone is 1110 mm where as that of mid hill Sub humid zone is as high as 3000 mm . while the remaining area receives about 1500 mm rainfall .
Agriculture is the main source of livelihood of the people. Kangra district has considerable diversity in its soils, physiographic, land use pattern and cropping systems .On the basis of above diversity, the district has been divided into 5 situation zones i.e. Pir Panjal, Dhauladhar, Kangra Shiwalik, Kangra Valley and Beas Basin. Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal receive high snowfall in winter. Dhauladhar zone includes mid hill sub humid areas and the zone stretches through Baijnath, Deol, Bandla, Palampur, Nagri, Jia, Khaniara ,Dharamshala,Groh etc. i.e. the areas adjacent to western Himalayas. Wheat, Maize, Paddy, Potato are the main agricultural crops .Stone fruits are the main horticultural crops. Soils are acidic in nature .Valley region of Kangra district comprises of Palam, Kangra and Nurpur .Wheat ,Paddy, Millets ,Sugarcane , Potato & vegetable are mainly grown in the region .Citrus, Litchi and Mango are main horticultural crops .Kangra Shivalik foothill region includes the area of Pragpur where as Beas Basin area are lying along the sides of Beas river. Citrus ,Mango and litchi are the main horticultural crops . Soils are almost neutral .Wheat, Maize, Paddy, Pulses, Oilseeds and all kind of vegetables are the main agricultural crops.