Nepal Late monsoon delays paddy transplantation.

Transplantation had been completed on 21.41 percent of the 1.55 million hectares of paddy fields. During the same period last year, the transplantation rate was 36.75 percent of the total land available. Last year, paddy fields totalled 1.42 million hectares. The paddy acreage increased to 1.55 million hectares at the end of the transplantation season because farmers planted paddy on more land due to abundant rainfall. This year, the monsoon entered Nepal on June 12, two days after the normal onset date.