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Agriculture

The farmers in Huklang of Waling Municipality-14 in Syangja district are worried after the paddy they cultivated did not bear fruits despite the harvest season, resulting in seedless paddy.

Tek Prasad Dumre, a local farmer, said that he had planted hybrid rice seeds, US 312 variety, from an agro-vet shop in a local market.

“For the past two or three years, we have been planting the same variety of rice and the yield was good at other times, but this time the paddy plant did not produce any grains,” said Dumre. He had planted paddy in seven ropani areas.

Kesh Bahadur Thapa, an agricultural technician of Waling Municipality, said that paddy has been cultivated in 17 ropani in Dumre village.

He further confirmed about farmers reported the incident and returned after monitoring the fields.

Thapa said the paddy of the same variety planted by other farmers has grown well but those planted in the fields of four farmers have no grains. They suspected incessant rainfall during the flowering period of the paddy plants as the reason behind the incident.

He claims that hybrid rice of 'US 312' variety is suitable for this place but the problem was started due to delayed plantation.

Thapa said that the paddy in the fields planted a few days before the four farmers was in a good condition. - RSS

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