With smooth plantation, paddy yield likely to be no less than last year

By Laxman Kafle

paddyKathmandu, July 31: Paddy plantation has increased rapidly in the last couple of weeks, with plantation covering 80 per cent of the total paddy field across the country. 

Plantation has doubled in two weeks, thanks to the regular rainfalls across the country.
As of July 16, plantation had completed only in about 40 per cent (554,949 hectares of land) of the total paddy filed spread in 1.37 million hectares.
According to the statistics of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, paddy plantation has been over in around 1.1 million hectares of the total paddy field by Sunday.
The progress of paddy plantation has, of late, been satisfactory although it was affected in the beginning due to delayed and weak monsoon, said Tej Bahadur Subedi, spokesman at the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development.
“The delayed and weak monsoon had affected plantation badly in the initial phase. But continued and regular rainfall in all parts of the country created a favourable environment to transplant paddy,” he said.
The plantation has now almost reached last year’s position, he said. Last year, plantation had completed in around 81 per cent of the arable land by July 28.
According to him, paddy plantation in the Terai, a major paddy production zone, is still going on smoothly as the plantation there would continue till the end of Shrawan (mid-August).
Considering the present plantation progress and rainfall, the production will not be less than the production of last year, which was at 5.6 million tonnes, Subedi told The Rising Nepal.
He, however, said that the further rainfall will determine the paddy yield as paddy production in Nepal fully depends on monsoon rains. Paddy yield is directly linked with the national Gross Domestic Products (GDP) as the paddy contributes almost 20 per cent to the GDP.
He expressed his hope that paddy plantation would be done in more than 95 per cent of the paddy farms this year considering the good rains across the country.
Likewise, rice plantation completed in about 84.92 per cent (40,928 hectares) of land in the mountain region, 80.66 per cent (279,151 hectares) in the hilly region and 79.78 per cent (779, 784 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 Sudurpaschim State followed by Karnali and Gandaki States among all seven States. In Sudurpaschim State, paddy plantation has completed in 94.17 per cent (155,033 hectares) of the total 164,639 hectares of paddy field.

About 92.40 per cent (35,466 hectares) plantation completed in Karnali State and 84.56 per cent (91,554 hectares) in Gandaki State.
Likewise, the lowest paddy plantation has been in State 1, only in 71.65 per cent (197,693 hectares) of the total paddy field of 275,901 hectares.
Similarly, plantation completed in 74. 50 per cent (272,385 hectares) of the total paddy field of 365,615 hectares of land of State-2.
Similarly, in State 3, paddy plantation has completed in 78.83 per cent of paddy field (90,883 hectares) during the review period. A total of 115,295 hectares land is available for paddy plantation in State-3.
Similarly, in State 5, paddy plantation has completed in 84.60 per cent of paddy field (256,848 hectares) so far. Paddy is grown in of 303,593 hectares in State-5.  

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