Agriculture

A combine makes a turn while harvesting in a wheat field near Mt. Hope, Kansas, USA.

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A combine makes a turn while harvesting in a wheat field near Mt. Hope, Kansas, USA>

Brandenburger Landschaft aus der Luft...epa04757717 A solitary tree is encircled by tractor wheel marks amid a golden field of rapeseed near Eisenhuettenstadt, in the north German state of Brandenburg late 19 May 2015.  EPA/PATRICK PLEUL

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A solitary tree is encircled by tractor wheel marks amid a golden field of rapeseed near Eisenhuettenstadt, in the north German state of Brandenburg 

THIS ADVISORY    SEARCH 'ATLAS BOUDLAL' FOR ALL PICTURES. PXP01-PXP24    The snowy foothills of the High Atlas mountains in Morocco are home to several Berber villages where the inhabitants make their living by farming, baking bread in traditional ovens, herding cattle, and the making and selling of honey, olive oil and pottery. Extreme weather fluctuations and erosion that causes flooding and landslides have led to a drop in agricultural productivity, the United Nations said.

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Berber villages in the snowy foothills of the High Atlas mountains in Morocco. Villagers make their living farming, herding cattle, and making and selling honey, olive oil and pottery. Extreme weather and erosion causing flooding and landslides have led to a drop in agricultural productivity 

To go with story Afghanistan-unrest-agriculture   In this photograph taken on November 18, 2014, Afghan workers carry picked saffron flowers to be delivered to a farmer in the Ghoriyan District of Herat. Saffron cultivation needs lots of land and a lot of labour, but the world's most expensive spice might be an economic lifeline for Afghanistan with international financial support set to fall in the coming years. In Herat, about 6,000 people -- 4,000 of them women -- are employed in saffron farming on 800 acres (325 hectares) of land, with the product exported to India, Europe, the United States and China. AFP PHOTO / Aref KARIMIAref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images

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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 reading acronyms of the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union takes part in a protest of French farmers of the FNSEA (Federation Nationale des Syndicats d'Exploitants Agricoles) and JA (Jeunes Agriculteurs, or Young Farmers union) unions in Le Mans , western France, on November 5, 2014. France is facing widespread farmer strikes across the country on November 5, protesting their increasing constraints and charges, the collapsing prices of cereals, milk and vegetables, caused in part by the sanctions on Russia, as well as rising fertiliser prices.

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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

Banana Harvest As The Pick Up In Monsoon Rains Ease Price Concerns...A day laborer carries banana stems on his head during a harvest in a field in Bhusawal, Maharashtra, India, on Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014. More than 75 percent of India got normal monsoon rain this year, the India Meteorological Department estimates. About 833 million people out of Indiaís 1.2 billion population depend on agriculture for their livelihood and the sector provides 14 percent of the nationís gross domestic product. Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

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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, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa, Patrick Pleul)

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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. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August, 6, 2014.  The show is North Devon's premier agricultural spectacle and a celebration of North Devon's farming roots.

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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 May 14, 2014.

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Labourers pick onions in a field near Multan in the South Punjab province

Wheat Harvest As Agriculture Prices Threaten Central Bank's Inflation Forcasts...Bloomberg Photo Service 'Best of the Week': A farm worker walks through a wheat field during a crop harvest in Panipat, Haryana, India, on Monday, April 7, 2014. Inflation has been among the key issues in the nationís current general election campaign and uncertainty over guaranteed agriculture prices is among the risks to the central bankís inflation forecast, the Reserve Bank said. Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathanan/Bloomberg

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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.

Seagulls search for worms as a farmer ploughs his field in the East Yorkshire countryside on March 25, 2014 in Goole, United Kingdom

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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 veterinaries demonstrate toward the Health ministry, on November 6, 2013 in Paris, to ask for the removal of a provision in an agriculture bill planned by the government which will restrict drug delivery by practitioners.

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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 load cabbage at the state vegetable factory's field during a harvest, in the outskirts of Minsk. Unemployed people are invited to help out in the factory's harvest and are paid at the end of the day with 90 thousand Belarussian roubles ($9.80). All the factory's employees, including engineers and office workers, have to work at least several days in a field without extra pay, to help gather the harvest before the first frost.

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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.

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.

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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 as he walks on the embankment of his agricultural field on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar, India, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013. The lower house of Indian Parliament Monday approved a landmark bill that proposes to provide cheaper grain to more than 800 million across the country. (AP Photo/Biswaranjan Rout)

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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. 

A wholesale food merchant places price tags on produce in Bangalore, India..

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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

Farming in the flooded areas of Assam ...epa03797483 An Indian farmer returns home with his cow in the flood-affected Morigaon district in Assam state, some 50 kilometres from Guwahati city, India, 22 July 2013. Monsoon rain had inundated the low laying areas of several districts of Assam state and damaged crops.  EPA/STR

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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. 

Nepal rice planting season starts...epa03760821 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, Nepal, 26 June 2013. Nepal will be celebrating National Paddy Day on 29 June 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.  EPA/NARENDRA SHRESTHA

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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...A woman takes a break in the poultry tent on the first day of the Balmoral Show in northern Ireland May 15, 2013. The show which runs from May 15 to May 17 is Ireland's biggest agricultural and food event, and is expected to attract over 80,000 visitors in the three days.  REUTERS/Cathal McNaughton (Northern Ireland - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)

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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. 

QUZHOU, CHINA - APRIL 24:  (CHINA OUT) A farmer tends his ducks along a road on April 24, 2013 in Quzhou, China. China on Wednesday confirmed one new case of H7N9 avian influenza, bringing the total to 109 cases in the country, with 22 deaths. Taiwan comfirmed its first case on Wednesday.

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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.