Farming

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. 

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 

A hiker makes his way through the vineyards  near Fellbach, southern Germany, Wednesday Aug. 27, 2014.  Weather forecasts predict  less rain and rising temperatures for Germany.

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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. 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

Workers collect sugar cane at the largest sugar factory in the Central African Republic in Ngakobo, 450Km East of the capital Bangui, on June 5, 2014. A sugar refinery -- the wartorn Central African Republic's biggest factory -- is back in business after soldiers recaptured it from former rebels who occupied it for more than a year. In a rare boost to the impoverished nation's battered economy, the plant's 150 employees are back on the job in Ngakobo in the east of the former French colony -- with African peacekeepers providing security.

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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 May 14, 2014.

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

An aerial view shows a rapeseed field ne...An aerial view shows a rapeseed field near Muencheberg, eastern Germany, on April 29, 2014.

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An aerial view shows a rapeseed field near Muencheberg, eastern Germany, on Tuesday

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 

Girls stand near smoke from twigs which were set on fire by their parents to warm themselves at a vegetable field in New Delhi

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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

A Palestinian farmer works tossing compost at his field near the northern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalia

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A Palestinian farmer tosses compost at his field near the northern Gaza Strip refugee camp of Jabalia, on Tuesday

A huge inflatable pig is placed on the Dam square during a protest against illegal practicing in European pig farming, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 12 November 2013. The actions is part of a international campaign of animal protection organization, Compassion in World Farming.

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A huge inflatable pig is placed in Dam Square in Amsterdam during a protest against illegal practices in European pig farming. The action is part of an international campaign of the animal protection group Compassion in World Farming.

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.

A woman harvests cotton in a field near the village of Yakhak, some 120 km (75 miles) south of the capital Dushanbe

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A woman harvests cotton in a field near the village of Yakhak, some 120km south of the capital Dushanbe.

A Palestinian farmer harvests dates from a date palm tree in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip

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A Palestinian farmer harvests dates in Khan Yunis, in the southern Gaza Strip

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 villager holding harvested peanuts after flooding hit Ningyuan county of Yongzhou, central China's Hunan province. Devastating floods at opposite ends of China have left 105 people dead and another 115 missing in recent days, state media said on August 19.

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A villager holds out peanuts harvested from his crops that have been damaged by floods hitting the Ningyuan county of Yongzhou, in China’s Hunan province. China has experienced flooding across the country in recent days, leaving 105 people dead and another 115 missing, according to state media.

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 lone tree stands out amongst a patch of burnt land, in the haze hit Bangko Pusako district in Rokan Hilir, on Indonesia's Riau province...A lone tree stands out amongst a patch of burnt land, in the haze hit Bangko Pusako district in Rokan Hilir, on Indonesia's Riau province, June 24, 2013. Indonesian police on Monday arrested two farmers for illegally starting fires to clear land in Sumatra, the first detentions linked to blazes that have blanketed neighboring Singapore and Malaysia with thick smog for days. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT HEALTH TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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A lone tree stands out among a patch of burnt land, in the haze-hit Bangko Pusako district in Rokan Hilir, on Indonesia’s Riau province on Monday. Indonesian police on Monday arrested two farmers for illegally starting fires to clear land in Sumatra, the first detentions linked to blazes that have blanketed neighbouring Singapore and Malaysia with thick smog for days. 

Indian women protect themselves standing under tree during rain in Hyderabad, India, Tuesday, June 11, 2013. Monsoon rains, that lash India from June to September, are considered crucial for farmers whose crops feed millions of people.

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Indian women shelter under a tree during a downpour in Hyderabad, India, on Tuesday. Monsoon rains, which lash India from June to September, are considered crucial to farmers whose crops feed millions of people.