|Karnataka has experienced most of volatalities of nature in the recent past. The study titled ‘Climate Change Scenario in Karnataka’ submitted to Government by the ‘Karnataka State Natural Disaster Management Centre (KSNDMC)’ also reveals the fact that the probability of drought has increased in many parts of the state over the last four decades. The reduction is more during July, which is a crucial month of the southwest monsoon season, when sowing is taken up on a large scale in the state. As we know, the life on earth is sustained by several climatic factors, which has undergone with numerous transformations. Extreme weather conditions such as floods, droughts, heat waves, raising temperatures, land slides, hail storms and many of these natural disasters are outcome of the same climatic change. Climate change has been considered to have catastrophic effects on planet Earth. These effects have brought about colossal loss to human lives, livestock, to agricultural crops, infrastructure, public and private properties etc.,
Karnataka being an agrarian economy, where majority of the working population contemplates agricultural activities, these climatic changes have brought disastrous effects both on agriculture. This is the primary effect. But there are many industries situated in the state, which completely depends on agricultural output and use them as input, such as Textile industry uses, Cotton as input or raw material, Sugar industry uses Sugarcane, Oil industry uses Oil seeds, Beedi and Cigarette industry uses tobacco, Biscuits manufacturing industry uses Wheat, Rubber manufacturing industry uses Rubber milk, Jute industries uses Jute, Silk industry uses raw silk, Fruit juice manufacturing industry uses fruit pulp as raw materials. These are the output of agricultural sector. These industries are termed as ‘Agro Based Industries’. Therefore, due to climatic change, when agricultural sector is affected, even industrial sector also would get affected. This paper makes an attempt to reconcile climatic changes in Karnataka and its consequent effect on agricultural output and agro based industries performance being affected out of such climatic changes.