Area of Operation

JSS Krishi Vigyan Kendra operates with Mysore district as its jurisdiction. Mysore district has two agro-ecological zones, Southern Dry Zone (Zone 8) and Southern Transition Zone
(Zone 7). The district receives 782mm average annual rainfall. The geographical area of the district is 6.76 lakh ha of which 3.84 lakh ha is arable land, characterized by sandy red soil and shallow black soils. About 30 percent of the total arable land is under canal irrigation where paddy is the major crop grown. Cotton, sugarcane, Virginia flue-cured tobacco, finger millet, black gram, cowpea, pigeon pea, horse gram, groundnut, sesamum, castor are the other major crops. These apart, coconut, banana, turmeric, tomato, brinjal, chilli, watermelon are the major horticulture crops grown extensively in the district. Sericulture is another unique feature of Mysore district .

Farmers in the district are facing challenges such as low productivity, increasing production cost, non-availability and high cost of labour, climate change and fluctuating market . On the other hand, there are also opportunities before farmers like new varieties and technologies that respond well to the promising horticultural enterprises, new methodologies like System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and Sustainable Sugarcane Initiative (SSI).

The KVK is playing the dual role of enabling the farmers to deal with problems and take advantage of emerging opportunities.