Dryland Agriculture in India

February 25, 2015
Dryland agriculture refers to cultivation of crops entirely under natural rainfall. It is a form of subsistence farming in the regions where deficit of the soil moisture retards the growth of water consuming crops like paddy (Oryza sativa), sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) etc. Dryland areas are characterized by low and erratic rainfall and no assured irrigation facilities. Dryland agriculture is important for the economy as most of the coarse grain crops, pulses, oilseeds, and raw cotton are grown on these lands. Dryland areas receive rainfall between 50 and 120 cm.

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