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Rain damages crops in Chitwan, hike in price of vegetables

The excessive accumulation of water in the fields has damaged the crops. According to Agricultural Knowledge Centre Bharatpur, the rain has its impact in most parts of the district. The hilly areas experienced damage and losses from the landslide events while the plain areas in the district suffered the consequences of inundation.

By Krishna Acharya, BHARATPUR:  Continuous rain has caused much damage to crops and vegetables in the district.

The excessive accumulation of water in the fields has damaged the crops. According to Agricultural Knowledge Centre Bharatpur, the rain has its impact in most parts of the district. The hilly areas experienced damage and losses from the landslide events while the plain areas in the district suffered the consequences of inundation.

In Bharatpur municipality, paddy, banana and vegetable crops cultivated in 4,000 hectares of land were damaged due to inundation. Agricultural farming done in the downstream of Narayani river was damaged by the disaster. Ward no 16, 18, 19, 26, 27, and 28 faced the highest scale of damage. Kalika Padampur area which is popular for banana farming is not untouched by the monsoon impact. As said by Centre Chief, Rajan Dhakal, nursery plants are damaged and ruined due to the impact of the storage of water more than necessary. More, incidents of small landslide damaged crops mainly maize in some parts of the hilly Ichhakamana rural municipality in the district. As Dhakal said the details of loss will be submitted to the District Disaster Management Committee to proceed for the relief distribution to the farmers.

Meanwhile, the prices of vegetables have soared in the district as the supply of vegetables from the hilly areas was suspended with the closure of roads due to floods and landslides. This season sees less vegetable production in the plains and a bit more production in the hilly areas. Municipal fruits and vegetables market managing director Thir Prasad Dhital said the supply has got affected due to inundation in the plain and landslide in the hilly areas.

Besides, the district imports vegetables from Dhading, Makwanpur, and Bhaktapur and surrounding hilly districts and the import have been delayed, causing the price rise. It is said the price rise is due to short supply and high transportation fare.

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