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Early Monsoon Triggers Paddy Transplantation Rate in Nepal
According to a report from the Ministry on Tuesday, transplantation has been done on about 22 percent of the 1.55 million hectares of paddy fields
The transplantation rate of paddy in Nepal is witnessing a new high, thanks to the early monsoon arrival!
Encouraged by the rain, farmers have started paddy transplantation on almost one-fourth of the country’s fields starting July 2, 2018.
According to a report from the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) on July 3, 2018, transplantation has been done on about 22 percent of the 1.55 million hectares of paddy fields leading to a coverage of 342,631 hectares of land so far.
Going by the statistics, this is the fastest transplantation rate witnessed in many years! say officials
“The sole reason for the faster transplantation is the early monsoon which entered Nepal two days earlier this year compared to its normal schedule,” says Ram Krishna Regmi, Chief Statistician, Land Management and Cooperative (MoALMC), MoA.
According to Regmi, the influence of the monsoon on the agricultural sector and specially paddy transplantation will be assessed only after transplantation in the Tarai region increases. Tarai is the largest paddy producing region in Nepal and is home to 71 percent of its rice fields.
“During this period, if there is good and unified rainfall, the transplantation coverage will increase,” he says further.
Regmi opines that rain is crucial for top-dressing during August as it a key factor in driving productivity. “If the rainfall pattern is as good as projected, we can expect a bumper paddy harvest of up to 5.5 million tons in the next fiscal year,” he adds.
Transplantation Trends Across Nepal – FY 2018-19
The highest transplantation rate is noted at:
72 percent of the 178,096 hectares and 24.84 percent of the 312,547 hectares in the mid-western and western regions
66 percent of the 439,328 hectares and 16.19 percent of the 445,938 hectares in the central and eastern regions
65 percent of 1.09 million hectares in the Terai region
21 percent of 58,158 hectares in the mountain region
09 percent of the 399,675 hectares in the hilly region
The lowest transplantation rates were noted at:
55 percent in Banke district
50 percent in Saptari
3 percent in Parsa
5 percent in Mahottari
7 percent in Dhanusha
8 percent in Sarlahi, Siraha and Bara
Past Trends in Paddy Plantation
During the same period last year, paddy transplantation was completed on 20 percent of the 1.55 million hectares
Observation: The transplantation rate this year increased by 2 percent
Paddy production slumped by 1.49 percent to 5.15 million in FY 2017-18 as compared with a 21.66 percent increase resulting in a record high of 5.23 million tons in 2016-17