Nepal observes National Paddy Plantation Day

Farmers, locals and even tourists all over the country have observed the 13th National Paddy Plantation Day today with much gusto.

Being an agricultural country, the Day holds a national importance for farmers across Nepal. Paddy contributes around 58 per cent in the total cereal crops production, around 18 per cent in total agricultural gross domestic product and 4.5 per cent in the country’s economy.

The Tarai region covers around 70 per cent of the production area and production. As informed by the Ministry of Agricultural Development on Tuesday, paddy plantation has already been carried out in 18.42 per cent of rice fields in the country.

The country is largely dependent on rainfall for agriculture because only 25 per cent of the total cultivation area is covered by irrigation facility.

Last year, paddy plantation was affected in both the hills and the Tarai areas because of the late monsoon and the drought that caused substantial drop in paddy production.

Source - The Himalayan Times 29 June 2016

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