South Devon cattle are judged in the show ring on the first day of the Royal Cornwall Show near Wadebridge in Cornwall, England. More than 100,000 visitors are expected at this year’s show, which runs until Saturday, and is claimed to be the county’s biggest event and an important fixture on the region’s agricultural calendar that has been held every year since 1960. The result of the EU referendum is likely to be closely watched by members of the farming community as the UK’s membership of the European Union has long been a contentious issue for farming industry.
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An indian boy follows a herd of goat on a parched water pond in Kaushambi, India. Much of India is reeling under a weeks long heat wave and severe drought conditions that have decimated crops, killed livestock and left at least 330 million Indians without enough water for their daily needs
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Rancher Fred Berns holds fire pole while lighting a controlled pasture fire near Florence, Kan. Ranchers in the Flint Hills of Kansas routinely burn their pastures in the spring to promote the growth of new grass for cattle to graze on
Afghan farmers harvest raw opium at a poppy field in Zhari district of southern Kandahar province, Afghanistan. A recent uptick in violence across the south will worsen once the poppy crop is harvested in coming weeks and the extremists deploy gunmen to protect their vast smuggling empire, officials, analysts and diplomats are predicting.
650 sheep are driven down to the valley after a summer on the alps, with the Zervreilahorn peak in the background, on Thursday, in Vals, canton of Grisons, eastern Switzerland
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A man prepares to throw a burning tyre as farmers protest in front of the prefecture in Saint-Lo, northwestern France.
A Pakistani farmer dries his corn on the outskirts of Lahore
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A Kurdish man harvests sunflowers in the district of Rania, 145km east of northern Iraq’s Kurdish city of Sulaimaniyah
A river can be seen flowing through drought-affected farming areas located in the western region of New South Wales. According to the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Australia recorded its second-hottest February since records began in 1910, with national maximum temperatures 2.35 degrees above the average.
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 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
A hiker makes his way through the vineyards near Fellbach, southern Germany on Wednesday
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
Workers collect sugar cane at the largest sugar factory in the Central African Republic in Ngakobo, 450km east of the capital Bangui.
Labourers pick onions in a field near Multan in the South Punjab province
An aerial view shows a rapeseed field near Muencheberg, eastern Germany, on Tuesday
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
Girls look on as they stand next to a fire made by their parents to warm themselves at a vegetable field in New Delhi, India
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A Palestinian farmer tosses compost at his field near the northern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalia, on Tuesday