Karnataka focus on dryland farming

Raitha Belaku scheme seeks to provide Rs. 5,000 a hectare for growers of rainfed crops

The budget for agriculture runs contrary to the expectation that Chief Minister Siddaramaiah would come out with a series of sops for the farming sector with an eye on the forthcoming Assembly elections. Its focus is on dryland farming in the wake of the State accounting for the largest amount of drought-prone land in the country next to Rajasthan.