KATHMANDU, Oct 24: Farmers faced a loss of paddy worth an estimated Rs 7.22 billion due to massive floods triggered by the torrential rain last week.
A preliminary study report of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development (MoALD) has estimated the loss in paddy production totaling 258,092 tons across the country. According to the MoALD, the ministry has sent its teams to all the seven provinces to collect actual information about the losses incurred by the farmers.
According to the records maintained by the MoALD as of now, Lumbini Province suffered the largest amount of loss by the disaster. In the province, the flood inflicted loss on 161,223 tons of ready to harvest paddy that is worth Rs 4.51 billion.
In Kailali and Kanchanpur districts of the Sudurpaschim Province, the loss has been estimated at Rs 1.91 billion. The flood damaged 68,400 tons of paddies in the province, according to the MoALD.
Similarly, Province 1 suffered damage of around 28,469 tons of the produced cereal crop. The farmers mainly in Morang, Jhapa and Sunsari districts of the province were hit hard by the disaster. The loss of paddy in these three districts has been estimated to be around Rs 800 million.