DHANGADI, OCTOBER 25
Kailali, known for its paddy production, has been hit hard due to unseasonal rainfall last week.
Heavy rain and inundation have completely destroyed paddy production on around 21,000 hectares of land , Agriculture Knowledge Centre, Kailali informed.
Chief of the centre, Khagendra Sharma shared that paddies have started to give off sprouts as they have been submerged in rainwater for a long time.
Farmers in Kailali plant paddy on 70,000 hectares of land each year, producing 45 quintals of paddy per hectare.
According to the Centre, Kailali lost 0.95 million quintal paddy this year due to unforeseen weather conditions.
Sharma shared that the loss adds up to an amount of Rs 2 billion (assuming per quintal price to be Rs 2,000). The loss including damage from mustard, potato, red lentil amounts to Rs 3 billion, he estimated.
According to the centre, 50 per cent of the paddy have already been harvested, leaving 15 per cent to be harvested.