The recent rains have brought some relief to farmers in the rice bowl area in Paonta sahib sub division as considerable rainwater has accumulated in their fields.
Experts say the timely rains are extremely beneficial for the Kharif crop that the farmers have sown on a large scale.
Out of the total cultivable land in Paonta sahib valley, paddy is sown in an area of about 5,000 hectares (approximately 60,000 bighas), out of which in nearly 50% area, basmati is cultivated.
Ram Kumar, a local farmer, said the recent showers had helped the large-scale paddy cultivation in the area. Meanwhile, district agriculture officer Pawan Kumar said around 8200 metric ton paddy production was reported in the area last year. He also said the Paonta sahib valley was the only area in the district where paddy was cultivated.
As per information, the hybrid varieties of paddy are quite popular in the area. Since the last few years, farmers in the area having earned a name worldwide in basmati, have started preferring the hybrid paddy seeds. The district agriculture officer also said till date, around 10-15% farmers had sown the total area under paddy cultivation. He said encouraged by the timely showers this year, farmers were hoping for a bumper crop. The Paonta valley is also known for the production of sugarcane, maize and paddy along with mango and strawberry.