Paddy Transplantation Begins
The first monsoon rains for 2017 are expected to arrive by Friday, and with normal rains predicted, farmers across the country are already looking forward to a good yield, this year. The three-month monsoon normally begins June 10. It starts from Eastern Nepal and crosses the country within a week. Eighty percent of the farming population are rain-dependent.
Asar 15 ( Ropain Day) which falls in late June, is celebrated as National Paddy Day where farmers across the country take part in local festivities to mark the start of rice plantation. Farmers in Kathmandu Valley have started planting already due to the pre-monsoon rainfall. However, rice fields are not as many as they once were in the Valley. Most fields have been replaced by concrete structures.
Nepal’s farming sector accounts for nearly 33 percent (over Rs. Two Trillion) of the national economy. A good monsoon contributes to overall increased agricultural output. The favourable 2016 monsoon that followed two consecutive years of droughts led to increased paddy output. The yield jumped from 4.29 million tonnes to 5.23 million tonnes this fiscal year.