Published on: June 17, 2024



NEWS – State government set to expand scope of Krishi Bhagya scheme


  • Issue Addressed: Severe drought experienced over the past year.
  • Objective: Ensure sustainability of farm activities through the Krishi Bhagya programme.
  • Main Strategy: Store rainwater in farm ponds for crop irrigation during summer.

Financial Commitments and Expansion

  • Increased Funding:
    • More funds than originally allocated in the Budget.
    • Removal of restrictions on implementing the scheme in tail-end irrigation command areas.
  • Scope Expansion:
    • Previously focused on four dry climatic zones.
    • Will now include all 236 taluks across 31 districts.
  • Impact on Dry-Land Farming: The scheme is crucial for transforming dry-land farming into a sustainable practice using stored rainwater.
  • Farm Pond Targets: Aim to build 30,000 to 40,000 farm ponds this year.

Budgetary Details

  • Initial Allocation: ₹200 crore, with ₹100 crore from the Revenue Department.
  • Financial Requirement: Expected to exceed budgetary allocation due to the number of farm ponds planned.


  • Inception: Launched in 2014-15
  • Drought-Prone Focus: Karnataka ranks next to Rajasthan in drought-prone land.
  • Discontinuation and Revival: Discontinued in 2021-22, reintroduced in 2023-24.
  • Achievements:
    • 2,89,827 farm ponds built between 2014-15 and 2020-21.
    • Total storage capacity of 1,472.31 lakh cubic meters of water.

Scheme Components

  • Main Components:
    • Building farm ponds.
    • Providing polythene lining to prevent water percolation.
    • Erecting fences around ponds.
    • Installing pumps for water lifting.
    • Adopting drip/sprinkler irrigation methods.
  • Subsidy Provision: Government provides subsidies for all components.

Significance to Karnataka Agriculture

  • Rain-Fed Agriculture
  • 64% of Karnataka’s cultivable area relies on rain.
  • Contributes to 55% of food production and 75% of oil seed production despite rain dependency.