of farmland in Maharashtra is un-irrigated and dependent on rain.
of the state's farmers are small or marginal and eke out a living on parcels of two hectares or less.
on the list of sugar productivity, even though the state is the country’s second-highest sugarcane grower (66.35 tonnes per hectare in 2012/13 compared with 105 tonnes per hectare in West Bengal).
Maharashtra is at the bottom of the productivity list among 10 cotton-growing states (368.80 kg/ha in 2013/14 compared with 758.08 kg/ha in Gujarat). Both cotton and sugarcane are very water-intensive and being low on the productivity list for both crops means the state makes extremely insufficient use of its water resources.