June 4, Bhaktapur,The District Agriculture Development Office, Bhaktapur has distributed free paddy seeds to farmers who were affected by the April 25 earthquake and aftershocks.
Many of the farmers were not able to extract paddy seeds that they had stored in their houses, which were flattened in the quake. So far, 17,930 kilogrammes of paddy seeds have been distributed to the affected farmers, according to Chief of the Office Purna Dhungana.
The paddy seeds were purchased from farmers in Kavre as well as from Bhaktapur itself. Local species of Chainung 242, Khumal 4, 10 and 11 were distributed from the disaster relief management committees and agro service centres in the district, according to the Office.
The office had reportedly received funds from the National Seeds Company and Save the Children to purchase the paddy seeds. However, the demand of the farmers was yet to be fulfilled.
Paddy transplantation in Bhaktapur usually takes place relatively earlier than in other districts. As a result, scarcity of paddy seeds has put many paddy farmers into a problem.