Farmers had incurred a heavy loss after unseasonal rainfall damaged paddy in Kanchanpur and Kailali.

They had borne a hefty loss of Rs 3,730,000,000 after rainfall damaged the paddy around two months ago. The federal government had decided to provide the farmers with relief, but, the decision is yet to be implemented.

Farmers complained that government apathy towards providing relief had left farmers high and dry.

Sudesh Chaudhary, a farmer of Fulbari, Dhangadi Sub-metropolitan City bemoaned that lack of relief from the government had made it hard for him to feed his family after the unseasonal rainfall destroyed his paddy crop.

The government has categorised rainfall victim farmers into small, medium and big farmers. A decision was taken to provide monetary relief of 60 per cent of damaged paddy to big, 30 per cent to medium and 20 per cent to small farmers respectively.

However, farmers are yet to receive relief.

Sudurpaschim Agriculture Director Yagya Raj Joshi said that rainfall had caused loss of more than four billion rupees in the province. "The province government cannot provide such a huge relief amount," added Joshi.

A version of this article appears in the print on December 09, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.