SURKHET: Mango production has decreased by 90 per cent in Surkhet district this year, according to the District Agricultural Development Office.
Chief of office Durga Dutta Basaula said that generally mango trees bear more fruits in every alternative year. With the decrease in production, this year a huge quantity of mango is imported to the district from Nepalgunj and Birgunj, and even from India.
Last year, the district witnessed a heavy growth in mango production and exported to other districts too but this year the situation was just opposite, Basaula said.
Farmers in eastern part of the district including Ramghat, Chhinchu and other VDCs are engaged in mango production commercially.
Farmers said that storms coupled with hailstorms too slashed the mango production in the district this year.
Similarly, the office said that paddy production is likely to decrease this year. Paddy plantation is yet to be done in over 80 per cent land due to delayed monsoon and lack of chemical fertilizers.
Chief of Agricultural Inputs Company Limited Lainsingh Bogati said that the district has no sufficient supply of DAP chemical fertilizer though urea is available to some amount.