National Paddy Day being observed

Kathmndu, 30 June:  The 20th National Paddy Day is being marked today across the country.

The government had decided in 2061 BS to mark Ashad 15 of the Nepali calendar every year as National Paddy Day and Paddy Cultivation Festival.

Rice plantation, eating delicacies like curd and beaten rice, and participating in the traditional cultural programmes like singing, throwing mud at each other and merriment, are the major attractions of the day.

Paddy is the major crop not only in Nepal but in entire South Asia. The government aims to attain self-sufficiency in rice production by conserving the land for paddy cultivation, promoting clean and healthy seeds, expanding irrigation facilities, and developing hybrid and disease-resistant varieties.

Paddy is cultivated on 47 per cent of the total cultivable land in Nepal.