THE CHIEF IMPORTS IN THE DISTRICT are building
materials. Logs of timber, teak and ply-wood, nails, screws,
iron-bars and other materials used in building and constructional
activities are imported from Bombay, Mysore, Belgaum and Dharwar.
Coal from Madras, distemper and oil-paint from Bombay; cement from
Bombay and Shahabad; iron, tin, brass, copper and aluminium ware and
stainless-steel utensils are imported from Bombay., Glass-wares are
imported from Ogalewadi (Satara) and Bombay. Among food and grocery
articles: rice is imported from Belgaum and Madras; bajri from
Nasik, Gujarat and Nagpur; wheat from Bijapur and Karnatak, Kodra
and Bavto (Ragi) from Karnatak; lang from Madhya
Pradesh, peas from Belgaum, tur from Karnatak (when local
production is less); math and mug from Bijapur, Barsi;
gram from Sholapur. Tea and coffee are imported from Bombay, Nilgiri
and Calcutta (Darjeeling); sugar is imported from Bombay and Uttar
Pradesh; salt and spices from Bombay; dates from Bombay; plantains
from Belgaum and Satara; mangoes from Ratnagiri and other fruits
including dry fruits from Bombay and Kashmir. Potatoes are imported
from Bangalore and Belgaum; fish and honey from Ratnagiri. Toilet
and cosmetics, cutlery and perfumes are imported from Bombay.
Mill-made cloth is imported from Bombay, Ahmedabad and Sholapur,
hand-loom cloth from Madras and Bangalore, power-loom cotton cloth
from Bombay, Sholapur and Surat and is supplemented by local
production. Mill-made, hand-loom and power-loom made silk cloth is
imported from Bangalore and Banaras, mill-made, hand-loom and
power-loom woolen cloth from Madras and Bombay and nylon, rayon and
linen cloth is imported from Bombay. Dhotars and sarees are
imported from Bombay, Ahmedabad, Sholapur and are to a certain
extent supplemented by local production; Banarasi and Kasabi sarees
are imported from Banaras, Cambay and Surat, Chanderi sarees from
Gwalior, zari sarees from Banaras, Madura and Coimbatore,
voiles from Bombay and Ahmedabad and brocades from Bombay and Surat.
Ready-made clothes are imported from Bombay and Madras. Medicines,
drugs and other narcotics are imported from Bombay and Baroda.
Matches are imported from Madras. Of the stationery
articles-fountain-pens, penholders, papers, ink, paper-weights,
pins, pencils, erasers and nibs are imported from Bombay while
slates are imported from Mysore.