Paddy plantation completes only in 40% of field


By Laxman Kafle

paddyKathmandu, July19: Paddy plantation has completed only in about 40 per cent of the total paddy fields across the country as of July 16. 

According to the statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, paddy plantation has been carried out only in 554,949 hectares out of 1.37 million hectares of paddy fields.
By July 16 last year, paddy plantation had completed in 63.88 per cent (876,260 hectares) of paddy fields.
Secretary at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development Dr. Yubak Dhoj GC said that the farmers were unable to plant paddy this year due to delayed and weak monsoon.
He, however, said that the paddy plantation has been taking place across the country, especially in the hilly and Terai regions after the recent rainfall.
“Definitely, the late and weak monsoon will affect production. Further, monsoon and rainfall will determine the paddy plantation area and production this year,” he said.
Paddy plantation completed in about 51.81 per cent (24,968 hectares) of land in the mountain region, 53.96 per cent (186,762 hectares) in the hilly region and 35.12 per cent (343,220 hectares) in the Terai, he said.
Paddy is grown in around 48,193 hectares in the mountain region, 346,099 hectares in the hilly region and 977,414 hectares in the Terai.
By now, paddy plantation has completed in the largest area of paddy fields in Sudurpachhim State followed by Karnali and Gandaki States among all seven States.
In Sudurpachhim State, paddy plantation has completed in 69.60 per cent (114,582 hectares), 67.83 per cent (26,037 hectares) and 67.40 per cent (72,985 hectares) of paddy fields by Tuesday.
Likewise, the lowest paddy plantation has been done in State 2 where plantation has completed only in 16.63 per cent (60,805 hectares) of the total paddy field of 365,615 hectares of land till the date.
Paddy plantation has completed in 36.07 per cent (99,509 hectares) of land in State 1 and in 31.06 per cent (35,807 hectares) in State-3.
Likewise, in State 5, paddy planation has completed in 47.84 per cent of paddy field (145,225 hectares) during the review period.
Paddy plantation in the Terai, the major paddy production region of the country, has been very poor due to delayed monsoon and floods, said Prakash Acharya, Senior Crop Development Officer, Crop Development and Agro-Biodiversity Conservation Centre.
He, however, said that plantation was in smooth progress in the hilly and Terai regions after the recent rainfall.
Acharya said that paddy plantation in the Terai region would go up as the farmers of the region just began planting paddy after the floods receded.
He said that paddy plantation would continue in the Terai till the end of Shrawan (mid-August).

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