Kathmandu, July 3
Till the end of June, 38 per cent rice transplantation was completed across the country and this was possible due to timely monsoon. The figure is around three times more rice plantation done during corresponding period last year. According to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, till June 29, paddy cultivation was done in 406,662 hectares of 1,371,706 hectares of land. As said by Ministry Spokesperson Hari Bahadur KC, this year rice cultivation could kick off on time as monsoon became active on the expected date. Presently, rice transplantation continues to take place. Only 14.75 per cent rice cultivation had taken place in the country till June 30 last year. The Ministry data shows that the Sudurpashim State witnesses the highest 49.54 per cent paddy cultivation or transplantation against 25.22 per cent in the past year in the corresponding period. The Karnali state is in the second position in terms of cultivation with 49.15 per cent so far followed by 45.99 per cent in State-5, 36.22 per cent in Bagmati state, 35.66 per cent in Gandaki, 29.8 in State-1 and 29.02 in State-2. Similarly, the high hilly areas reported 40.72 per cent cultivation followed by 37.95 in mid-hills and 34.34 in the Tarai . The figure was 29.96 per cent in high hills, 23.07 in mid hills and 11.7 in the Terai during corresponding period last year.