A rice farmer reacts to speeches during a protest demanding payment of a rice subsidy from the government outside the office of the permanent secretary for defense in Bangkok, Thailand. The ambitious rice-buying programme was intended by Thailand’s ruling party to uplift millions of its poor rural supporters
A young Thai buffalo rider, centre, raises his arm after winning the preliminary round during an annual race in Chonburi Province, southeastern Thailand, on Friday. The race is a celebration among rice farmers before harvesting rice.
A man sleeps next to a closed stall at Galle Face green in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Friday.
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.