Being the hub of new technologies, the success of Bengaluru may overshadow the fact that agriculture is still the leading economic sector of Karnataka in terms of workforce. Only a quarter of agricultural land is irrigated and a majority of farmers depend on less than 2 hectares of rainfed crops. ICRISAT's research here focuses on better farmer-led soil and water management, use of ICT for better extension services, as well as legume crop improvement.

60% - Share of workforce employed in agriculture in Karnataka

2nd - Rank in terms of rainfed agricultural area; 5 million ha out of 12.31 million ha of cultivated land in Karnataka

1.63 ha - Average size of holding in Karnataka

 22,000 to  57,700/ha - Average gross income from rainfed crops  Source: Suvarna Bhoomi Yojane report

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