Karnataka’s farmers are toiling on decaying soil

The creeping danger for agriculture may not be from the clouds above or the water levels in reservoirs, but from the slow death of the soil the farmer tills. In vast swathes of land in the State, organic carbon has depleted to a point where the soil cannot sustain life without extensive human involvement. Meanwhile, erosion, a result of the changes in landscape and agrarian practices, is seeing millions of tonnes of soil being washed away from fertile lands.