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