It is estimated that Nepal’s paddy production has decreased by approximately 500,000 tons this year, primarily as a result of catastrophic floods produced by excessive rainfall in October of last year.
This year’s paddy production, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD), is down by 491,085 tons as compared to the previous year’s total of 5.621 million tons. Large tracts of rice fields, primarily in the provinces of Lumbini and Sudurpaschim, were flooded as a result of the unusually heavy rains.
According to the data of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, the production of cereal crops in Sudurpaschim Province decreased by 31.49 percent. A total of 18.38 percent of Lumbini’s production was affected by the natural disaster, 8.76 percent in Karnali, 3.24 percent in Province 1, 20.93 percent in Province 1, and 0.35 percent in Bagmati Province were affected by the natural catastrophe.