Published at : July 22, 2019
Updated at : July 22, 2019 15:25
After eluding for nearly three weeks, monsoon rains finally arrived in Nepal, bringing the much-needed respite to the farmers who had been anxiously waiting to head to their paddy farms.
As of last week, according to agriculture officials, paddy transplantation has been completed on a little over 40 percent of the fields. Halfway through the rainy season, farmers planted paddy on more than 550,000 hectares out of the 1.37 million hectares suitable for growing the country’s primary crop, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development.
Nepal marks national paddy plantation day at the end of June every year when a majority of the farmers are busy preparing and planting paddy saplings in the fields.
These photos show the liveliness and celebration by farmers as they stay busy to make sure the country is fed well next year. A woman prepares the land for plantation in Changunarayan, Bhaktapur. Elite Joshi/TKPA man ploughs his land with a pair of oxen at Godawari Municipality. Kabin Adhikari/TKPA farmer uses a tractor to plough his field in Khokana. Anish Regmi/TKP Women are planting rice in Lalitpur. Kabin Adhikari/TKPA man prepares to plant paddy with a plantation machine in Khumaltar. Beeju Maharjan/TKPAn elderly woman sprinkles fertilizer on her field. Kabin Adhikari/TKPLocals use a traditionally weaved bamboo basket to carry rice saplings in the Valley. Beeju Maharjan/TKPA woman passes rice saplings to fellow farmers in Khumaltar, Lalitpur. Beeju Maharjan/TKP A woman quenches her thirst as she takes a break from planting paddy in Khumaltar, Lalitpur. Beeju Maharjan/TKPA farmer carries saplings for plantation. Beeju Maharjan/TKPPaddy plantation in full swing in Nuwakot. Krishna Thapa/TKPWomen are the primary workforce for planting the saplings while men plough the field. Angad Dhakal/TKPA photo of a recently cultivated paddy field in Chhampi. Anish Regmi/TKP A farmer takes a break from paddy plantation to have lunch as his partner tops up local brew in Sano Khokana, Lalitpur. Sanjog Manandhar/TKPA woman smiles as she carries saplings for plantation. Beeju Maharjan/TKPA farmer returns to his home after planting rice. Prakash Chandra Timilsena/TKP