Rice is the major food staple of Nepal and South Asia. However, compared to other rice producing countries, rice production in Nepal is quiet low as it suffers from different constraints of abiotic and biotic stresses, low or poor access to input, poor management, poor irrigation and lack of technical knowledge. Extraordinary geography, poor institutional management capacity and recent trend of climate change have further exacerbated rice production challenges in Nepal. Almost 50 per cent of the area of rice cultivation in Nepal is rain fed, 30 per cent irrigated and 15 per cent is estimated to be affected by flash flood. Therefore, it is necessary to adopt rice production technology adaptive to submergence (flash flood), one of the major rice production constraints, predicted for the coming years. This technical brief provides information on flood tolerant rice varieties for Nepal that can withstand flash flood up to 15 days with all the necessary details on technical aspects for their cultivation. Provided information and consideration is intended to help farmers to develop concrete rice production plan avoiding production constraints and enhancing rice yield.
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