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Afghan farmer harvests rice on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan, on Tuesday. The Afghan government is encouraging farmers to grow wheat, rice and vegetables instead of opium
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A farmer cultivating ginger uses a hoe to dig a ditch in his field in Nagarally village in the southern state of Karnataka, India on Tuesday
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A local farmer pauses her work as Mount Sinabung spews pyroclastic smoke, seen from Tiga Kicat village onWednesday in Sukanalu village, North Sumatra, Indonesia
An Indonesian farmer in Karo district watches the Mount Sinabung volcano erupting. Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes after Indonesia upgraded the threat posed by the volcano on Sumatra island to the highest level.
A man walks his sheep in a water-logged paddy field after recent rains in Srinagar on Thursday
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
Steven Ashworth, the huntsman of the Holcombe Hunt, exercises his hounds near Bury, northern England, before tomorrow’s hunt which takes place on the first day of the official hunting season. The Holcombe Hunt is one of the UK’s oldest hunts, whose lineage is traceable back to 1086. Today with the prohibition on hunting foxes and other wildlife with dogs in England, the Holcombe Hunt practice ‘trail hunting’, where a scent is laid down in a trail for the hounds to follow, simulating the hounds catching the scent of the hunt’s quarry.
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
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A farmer carries bundles of rice saplings as she walks in the paddy field in Khokana, Lalitpur, on Monday
A herder leads his camels along a road in the central Punjab city of Jhang. Seventy per cent of Pakistan’s 180m population live in rural areas and most of them depend of livestock.
A farmer rests among watermelons at his fruit stall at the Gaddiannaram wholesale fruit market on the outskirts of Hyderabad. India’s inflation hit a nine-month low in February, but analysts saw little chance of any immediate interest rate cut. Slowing inflation may also have come too late for the embattled Congress-led government which faces elections in April and trails in opinion polls.
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A woman works in a field that has been covered by ash from the eruption of Mount Sinabung in Sigarang Garang village, North Sumatra, Indonesia. Mount Sinabung, which has been erupting intermittently since September, erupted eight times on Sunday.
An ethnic Khasi farmer harvests cabbages in Smith village on the outskirts of Shillong city, the capital of the Meghalaya state in India. Agriculture is the main occupation of the Khasi people, who mostly live in the north-eastern state
A herdsman on a horse leads a large herd of cattle, sheep and goat as they migrate to the summer pasturing areas at a mountainous region in Altay Prefecture, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region
A farmer ploughs the land in San Nicolas de los Ranchos, in the state of Puebla, with the Popocatepetl volcano, Mexico’s second-highest peak, 55km southeast of Mexico City, in the background. The National Disaster Prevention Centre raised the alert level to ‘yellow phase three’, as the Popocatepetl continues to spew ash and smoke.
Yang Chuanye, a farmer, paints a charcoal portrait of Xi Jinping, president of China, in Jishan County, Shanxi province. Mr Yang, 62, has been practicing charcoal painting since the age of 20. Mr Yang specialises in painting portraits of former and present Chinese leaders
A Cambodian farmer rides his motorbike on a wooden bridge leading to a Christian church, which is being repaired by ethnic Vietnamese at Koh Phos village in Kandal Province, about 25 km east of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.