Paddy plantation completed in 68 per cent of rice field

Kathmandu: Paddy plantation has so far been carried out in around 68.29 per cent of total paddy field across the country.

According to the statistics of the Ministry of Agricultural Development (MoAD), paddy plantation was completed in 1,060,132 hectares of land out of the total 1,552,000 by Monday.

Shankar Prasad Sapkota, spokesperson of MoAD, said that paddy plantation would continue till the end of Nepali month of Shrawan.

However, the coverage of paddy plantation is low compared to the last year.

“Late and weak monsoon are main reasons behind the low ratio of paddy plantation during the review period compared to same period last year,” said Sapkota.

He expressed his hope that the paddy plantation would be completed in more than 92 per cent of land this year. It was 95 per cent last year.

The paddy plantation was completed in 74.16 per cent (43,132 hectares) of land in the mountainous region, 79.23 per cent (316,673 hectares) in hilly region and 63.98 per cent (700,327) hectares) in Terai region, report said.

The mountainous region has around 58,158 hectares of land fit for the paddy cultivation, 399,675 hectares in hilly region and 1,094,636 hectares in the Terai.

Paddy plantation in Terai, the major source of paddy production, has remained quite low, he said.

Siraha and Dhanusa districts have witnessed the lowest plantation- only around 25 per cent- to the date.

However, Bara and Parsa have witnessed highest plantation of 90 per cent to the date. Paddy plantation has carried out in 80 per cent in Chitwan district.

There is no plantation of paddy in Manang and Mustang district out of 75 districts.

Earlier, the Ministry of Agricultural Development forecasted that there would produce more than 5,400,000 tons paddy this year.