The annual paddy production in Chitwan has increased by more than 13 per cent or 11,486 metric tons this year compared to last year, according to the Agriculture Knowledge Centre Bharatpur.
A total of 96,482 metric tons of paddy was produced in an area of 22,972 hectares this year. In the last fiscal year 2078/79, the district had produced 84,996 metric tons of paddy in the same area of land, said Meen Bahadur Pun, information officer at the centre.
Last year, the production was 3.7 metric tons of paddy per hectare, which increased by 4.2 percent to reach 3.79 per hectare this year.
According to the centre, production has increased due to reduction in outbreaks of disease and awareness among farmers, paddy promotion programme and farmers managing fertilizers through alternative means in the absence of chemical fertiliser.
Although paddy is cultivated across the district, eastern and western parts of the district, along with Madi area, are considered as pocket areas for paddy farming.
Different varieties of paddy such as Sawa Mansuli, Bar, Sabitri, Moti, Gorakhnath, Jiramasino are cultivated in the district.