Agriculture is the main income of the district. But many people in the coastal area Dhamara of Chandabali Block to Padhuan of Basudevpur Block are depending upon the Fishing. Major fishing harbors are located at Dhamara, Kasia & Chudamani Some people in the Municipality area have sound small business.
As per District’s economy is concerned Bhadrak District has some big industries like FACOR, one of the largest manufacturers of quality Ferro Chrome in the country and a large number of small industries like AB Electricals, Abhigoura Rice Mill and Aloknath Ice Factory etc. Bhadrak District has a District Industries Centre, which in addition to the promotion of the different industries, performs other functions like implementation of different self employment programmes, undertaking of surveys for potential enterprises and recommending for quality certifications like EPM/ISO for products and enterprises etc
Agriculture and Cropping Pattern:-
The geographical area of the district is 2,46,529 ha. of which 1,76000 ha comes under cultivable area. The paddy is grown as the main crop in Kharif covering 1,65,500 ha. which constitutes 94% of this total cultivable area. During Kharif season about 47% of cultivable area is rain fed and likely to remain exposed to the gambling monsoon and natural calamity. 9% of the cultivable area is up-land, 36% is medium land and 55% is low land.