Monsoon rains pick up pace

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Jul 15, 2014-

After a delay for almost a month, monsoon rains have started picking up pace across the country since Sunday bringing light to moderate rainfall in many parts with heavy thundershowers in some places.

The monsoon that entered the country on June 20, after a delay of 10 days against the normal onset has been weak so far raising the risks of poor agricultural yields of major summer crops such as paddy.

“Rain bearing clouds have covered many places in the eastern, central and western regions since Sunday bringing moderate to heavy downpours,” said Subash Rimal, a meteorologist at the Meteorological Forecasting Division (MFD) on Tuesday.

Of the 110 days of monsoon, the July-August period is considered vital for the growth of paddy planted between June end and mid-July in various parts of the country. Farmers in Tarai await July rains particularly because it is strong enough to contribute to better transplantation.

This year the monsoon is already delayed and is passing through a weak surge for almost a month affecting the overall paddy plantation. According to the Ministry of Agricultural Development, the average national paddy transplantation has been completed on around 30 percent of the total paddy field as of July 13.

Last year, the paddy transplantation was completed on more than 50 percent of the land in the same period with timely arrival and adequate rains. “The rainfall has been recorded in almost all Tarai belts on Tuesday and is expected to give a sigh of relief to farmers who are long waiting for adequate monsoon rains,” Rimal said, adding that the rain spell is expected to continue for the next two to three days.

On Tuesday, Kathmandu recorded highest rainfall measuring 45.5 millimeters followed by Dang, Biratnagar, Pokhara and Jiri at 42.4, 30.9, 28.9 and 27.5 respectively, among the 17 meteorological stations updated by the MFD. Except in Simara, all 16 meteorological stations recorded rains on Tuesday.

Published: 16-07-2014 09:03

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