Workers deliver saffron flowers to a farmer in the Ghoriyan district of Herat. Saffron cultivation requires a great deal of land and intensive labour, but the world’s most expensive spice could be an economic lifeline for Afghanistan. In Herat, about 6,000 people – 4,000 of them women – are employed in saffron farming on 800 acres of land.
A farmer wearing a suit of acronyms from the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy takes part in a French farmers protest with the FNSEA (Federation Nationale des Syndicats d’Exploitants Agricoles) and JA (Jeunes Agriculteurs, or Young Farmers union) unions in Le Mans, France, on Wednesday
A labourer carries banana stems during a harvest in Bhusawal, Maharashtra, India. About 833m people out of India’s 1.2bn population depend on agriculture for their livelihoods and the sector provides 14% of the nation’s GDP
Farmer Harald Wenske drives his boat, loaded with pumpkins, on a so-called Fliess, which is a water vein of the river Spree near the village of Lehde, eastern Germany
Winning bulls are led from the judging ring at the North Devon Show, near Barnstaple on Wednesday. The show is North Devon’s premier agricultural spectacle and a celebration of North Devon’s farming roots
Labourers pick onions in a field near Multan in the South Punjab province
A farm worker walks through wheat during a harvest in Panipat, Haryana, India. Inflation is a main issue in the general election campaign and uncertainty over guaranteed agriculture prices poses a risk to inflation forecasts, the country’s central bank said.
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Seagulls search for worms as a farmer ploughs his field in the East Yorkshire countryside on March 25, 2014 in Goole, United Kingdom
French veterinarians march to the health ministry in Paris on Wednesday to seek the removal of a provision in an agriculture bill that will restrict drug delivery by practitioners
Unemployed people pick cabbages at a state-owned vegetable factory on the outskirts of Minsk, Belarus, for $9.80 a day. All the factory’s employees, including engineers and office staff, also have to work at least several days in the fields without extra pay to bring in the vegetables before the first frost.
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Mexican agricultural workers cultivate romaine lettuce on a farm in Holtville, California, USA. Thousands of Mexican workers cross the border legally each night from Mexicali, Mexico into Calexico, California, where they pick up work as agricultural day labourers at rates of pay considered too low by local US residents.
An Indian farmer holds paddy saplings on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India on Wednesday. The lower house of India’s parliament on Monday approved a bill that proposes to provide cheaper grain to more than 800 million people across the country.
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A wholesale food merchant prices up his wares at a market in Bangalore, India. The country’s finance minister insisted on Tuesday that the government could afford a vast new food programme for the poor despite growing concern about public finances that drove the rupee to a new record low
An Indian farmer returns home with his cow in the flood-affected Morigaon district in Assam state on Monday. Monsoon rain had inundated the low lying areas of several districts of Assam and damaged crops.
A group of Nepalese farmers return home carrying their belongings after planting rice in a field at the beginning of the monsoon season in Jitpur village, on the outskirts of capital Kathmandu on Wednesday. Nepal will be celebrating National Paddy Day on June 29 2013. On this day, known as Asar Pandra, farmers begin the annual rice planting season and mark the day with various festivities such as preparing rice meals with muddy water, mud being a symbol for a prosperous season. The agricultural sector contributes about 60 per cent to Nepal’s gross domestic product.
A woman takes a break in the poultry tent on the first day of the Balmoral Show in Northern Ireland on Wednesday. The show, which runs until Friday, is expected to attract more than 80,000 visitors.
A farmer tends his ducks on Tuesday in Quzhou, China. On Wednesday a new case of H7N9 avian influenza was confirmed, bringing the total to 109 cases in the country, with 22 deaths. Taiwan confirmed its first case on Wednesday.