Pokhara, June 30:

With the arrival of the monsoon season, farmers in Kaski district are busy in paddy plantation for the past few days.

According to Bal Krishna Lamdari, agriculture officer in the Kaski District Agricultural Development Office (DADO), paddy is being planted on 26,000 hectors of land in the district. But, the cultivable land area is decreasing every year owing to the construction of houses, he said.

Within the first week of Ashad (June-July), 15 per cent farmers have completed paddy plantation this year, said Lamdari. Owing to the lack of irrigation, paddy plantation has been affected here, said a farmer Chakra Pani Banstola at Hemja. About 90 per cent paddy has been planted at Kundahar, Hemja and Shisuwa areas , said the Kaski DADO sources. The DADO is also providing seeds and technical support to farmers.

Paddy production has decreased by 20 per cent in the previous year due to late monsoon, said the DADO sources.