India, out of 142 million ha of arable lands, 60% (5.2 million
ha) is rainfed. Karnataka has the second largest area under
rainfed agriculture after Rajasthan in the country. Crop yields
in dryland areas are quite low (1-1.5 t ha-1) which
are lower by two to five folds of the yield from researchers
managed plots. Current rainwater use efficiency in dryland
agriculture varies between 35-45% and vast potential of rainfed
agriculture could be unlocked by using available scientific
technologies including improved cultivars. The vast opportunities
existing in dryland areas can be harnessed for improving rural
livelihoods. Read more...
Government of Karnataka
Department of Agriculture, Government of Karnataka.
Watershed Development Department, Government of Karnataka.
University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad
University of Agricultural Sciences, Raichur
Community-Based Organizations (CBOs):
Watersheds Committees, User groups and Watershed Associations.