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International Journal of Pure & Applied Bioscience (IJPAB)
Year : 2018, Volume : 6, Issue : 2
First page : (1102) Last page : (1107)
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Impact of Drought on Water Resources and Agriculture in Karnataka

Lokesh S.1* and Poddar R. S.2
1M. Sc. Agri., 2Professor,
Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharwad
*Corresponding Author E-mail:
Received: 13.07.2017  |  Revised: 27.08.2017   |  Accepted: 4.09.2017  



Drought is one of the most disastrous among the different natural hazards, as it inflicts untold miseries on the human society. According to National Commission on Agriculture (1976), there are three types of drought namely; Meteorological drought, Hydrological drought, and Agricultural drought ( Agriculture is the first sector to be affected by drought. Present study aimed to study impact of drought on water resources, agriculture and on farm output loss in Karnataka. Karnataka is one of the most often drought affected state in India, it experienced one such drastic drought season in kharif 2012. Ramanagra district was affected most and least was Dakshina Kannada. Drought affected the water reservoirs of the state, Malaprabha and Kabini were most affected. Cereals and Oilseed crops were affected most in agricultural crops; overall sowing area was reduced by half of the target. Effective watershed development and afforestation programmes are essential in the state, as it is an established fact that state is frequently haunted by the drought.

Key words: Drought, Rainfall, Reservoirs, Karnataka.

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Cite this article: Lokesh, S. and Poddar, R.S., Impact of Drought on Water Resources and Agriculture in Karnataka, Int. J. Pure App. Biosci.6(2): 1076-1080 (2018). doi: