The economic wonders of Mumbai or Pune should not hide the fact that half the population in Maharashtra still depends on small-scale agriculture, and many have difficulty making a decent living. To overcome the many challenges of the rural poor, ICRISAT research in this State encompasses sorghum, chickpea and pigeonpea breeding, community-driven watershed management and socio-economic studies on the various farming systems and poverty dynamics.
52.7% - Workforce in the agriculture sector in Maharashtra
24.5% - Share of the population in Maharashtra living below the poverty line
1.44 ha -Average holding size in Maharashtra (2011 census)
3.29 million ha - Area grown to sorghum in 2012-13 in Maharashtra
641 kg/ha -Average sorghum yield in Maharashtra in 2012-13