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.
Helpers of the winemaker society harvest grapes in Glottertal, Germany. The frozen grapes are used to make traditional German ice wine.
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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
A Pakistani farmer dries his corn on the outskirts of Lahore
Afghan farmers carry bundles of wheat during harvest, on the outskirts of Mazar-i-Sharif
A Polish harvest helper poses with German ‘Virgin’ tobacco in a field in Bad Krozingen, Germany on Wednesday
A combine makes a turn while harvesting in a wheat field near Mt. Hope, Kansas, USA>
A farmer harvests rice on a field in Lalitpur, Nepal
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 dancer has his body painted to look like a tiger before he performs during festivities marking the end of the annual harvest festival of Onam in Trichur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The ten-day long festival is celebrated annually in India’s southern coastal state of Kerala to symbolise the return of King Mahabali to meet his subjects.
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.
A Pasola rider prepares to throw his spear during the pasola war festival at Wainyapu village in Sumba Island, Indonesia. The Pasola Festival is an important annual event to welcome the new harvest season, which coincides with the arrival of ‘Nyale’ sea worms during February or March each year. Pasola, an ancient ritual fighting game, involves two teams of men on horseback charging towards each other while trying to hit their rivals with ‘pasol’ javelins and avoid being hit themselves.
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
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Artists with painted bodies wait to perform the “Pulikali”, or tiger dance, during the Hindu harvest festival of Onam in Kerala, south India. Pulikali is a colourful recreational folk art revolving around the theme of tiger hunting.
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.
People throw mud at each other in a crop field during Hucang Festival at Zhangjiajie, Hunan province.
A women rides her horse past rapeseed fields in bloom near Ottbergen, northern Germany, on Tuesday.