Water crisis likely to hit rice farmers hard

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 28:

The searing heat is showing no signs of abating, and farmers throughout the country this year may be faced with a major crisis. Tomorrow is Asadh 15, conventionally a special day to commence rice-planting in the Nepali culture. Meteorologists, however, say it could be another couple of days before the central and western parts of the country receive any rain. "It will be two or three days before the monsoon breaks in the central and western regions of the country," said Mani Ratna Shakya of the Meteorology and Weather Forecasting Division, Tribhuvan International Airport. Shakya added that there had been rainfall in the eastern part of the country and the delay in monsoon in the other areas was because of wind currents in the western region.