Kathmandu, December 27
Against the anticipation that the faulty Garima brand paddy which did not yield rice grains in the country’s western region would hit national paddy production this year, the preliminary paddy production report of the government has shown that the ‘Garima’ factor had less impact on the overall national production.
Though the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) is accumulating the paddy production data of this year from across the country, preliminary report has shown that production of the cereal crop has increased in other parts of the country beyond areas where Garima paddy had been planted thereby not altering the national production significantly, informed Ram Krishna Regmi, statistician at the ministry.
“Farmers who had planted Garima seeds had to bear losses and they will be compensated. However, as the production of paddy in other parts of the country is seen to have increased, this will compensate the fall in production due to Garima ensuring that the national production is not affected significantly,” said Regmi.
As per MoALD, the paddy was planted in around 1,500 hectares of land in Chitwan, Rautahat, Nawalparasi, Nuwakot, Lamjung, Gorkha and Tanahu. Compared to other districts, paddy production in Chitwan was most affected.