By mid-June, paddy sowing has been completed in about one-third of the country.
As of Monday evening, paddy has been planted in 27.12 percent of the country, which is 8 percent less than the previous year.
According to Mahadev Prasad Poudel, Information Officer of the Department of Agriculture, paddy has been planted in an area of 371,958 hectares across the country till June 28.
During this period last year, paddy was sown in 486,000 hectares. He also informed that paddy would be cultivated in 1.371 million hectares across Nepal during the rainy season.
The department has claimed that the monsoon has started on time and sowing is in full swing across the country this year due to the availability of fertilizer seeds.
Out of 77 districts across the country, the department has received complaints of delay in planting due to low rainfall in Ramechhap this year. In other districts, the department says, transplanting is going on regularly.
According to the department, sowing has just started in two states, which account for about 75 percent of the total paddy production.
In Karnali, paddy has been planted in the highest area of 62 percent, while in the other two states, it has been planted in the lowest area of 10 percent.