COVID-19 Lockdown Spurs New Gardeners in Nagaland

India | Associated Press | July 2, 2020, 11:48 am
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 Two healthy pots of coriander and two of spinach are enough to provide a sense of achievement for Theyiesinuo Keditsu, a young English professor and mother of four. (Image: AP)
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Two healthy pots of coriander and two of spinach are enough to provide a sense of achievement for Theyiesinuo Keditsu, a young English professor and mother of four. (Image: AP)

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 A boy stands by rice fields early morning in Mima, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the capital Kohima, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland. (Image: AP)
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A boy stands by rice fields early morning in Mima, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from the capital Kohima, capital of the northeastern Indian state of Nagaland. (Image: AP)

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 Naga boys enjoy a day out overlooking Kohima. As concrete covers land that was once tilled, lifestyles are changing in the land of the indigenous Nagas. Kohima relies on satellite villages for fresh supplies of green vegetables. And supply lines were cut during India's 10-week nationwide lockdown that eased in early June, inspiring residents to grow their own. (Image: AP)
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Naga boys enjoy a day out overlooking Kohima. As concrete covers land that was once tilled, lifestyles are changing in the land of the indigenous Nagas. Kohima relies on satellite villages for fresh supplies of green vegetables. And supply lines were cut during India's 10-week nationwide lockdown that eased in early June, inspiring residents to grow their own. (Image: AP)

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 Keditsu, who claims she has the “thumb of death,” planted the seeds and was amazed at how they grew. (Image: AP)
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Keditsu, who claims she has the “thumb of death,” planted the seeds and was amazed at how they grew. (Image: AP)

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 The indigenous Naga people in India’s northeast, once virtually cut off from the rest of the country because of an insurgent movement seeking independence, were reminded of their vulnerabilities during coronavirus lockdown. (Image: AP)
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The indigenous Naga people in India’s northeast, once virtually cut off from the rest of the country because of an insurgent movement seeking independence, were reminded of their vulnerabilities during coronavirus lockdown. (Image: AP)

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 Nagas are traditional farmers. But as concrete covers land that was once tilled, lifestyles have changed. (Image: AP)
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Nagas are traditional farmers. But as concrete covers land that was once tilled, lifestyles have changed. (Image: AP)

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 Neichutuonuo Yhome works in a vegetable garden watched by her grandmother in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)
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Neichutuonuo Yhome works in a vegetable garden watched by her grandmother in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)

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 A rainbow forms in the sky in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)
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A rainbow forms in the sky in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)

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 Vegetable vines make their way up a bamboo trellis made by a young Naga girl working in the background, and her sisters in Kohima. (Image: AP)
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Vegetable vines make their way up a bamboo trellis made by a young Naga girl working in the background, and her sisters in Kohima. (Image: AP)

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 Chillies grow in a garden started by Naga girl Neichutuonuo Yhome and her two younger sisters during the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)
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Chillies grow in a garden started by Naga girl Neichutuonuo Yhome and her two younger sisters during the lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)

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 Theyiesinuo Keditsu looks at a pot of strawberries gifted by a friend in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)
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Theyiesinuo Keditsu looks at a pot of strawberries gifted by a friend in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)

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 Local chives freshly harvested by novice gardener Theyiesinuo Keditsu lie in a basket with her mobile phone, at her home in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)
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Local chives freshly harvested by novice gardener Theyiesinuo Keditsu lie in a basket with her mobile phone, at her home in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)

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 Naga girl Neichutuonuo Yhome works in the kitchen after returning from tending to her vegetable garden in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)
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Naga girl Neichutuonuo Yhome works in the kitchen after returning from tending to her vegetable garden in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)

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 Naga woman Achano Yhome cleans spinach she harvested from her terrace garden in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)
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Naga woman Achano Yhome cleans spinach she harvested from her terrace garden in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)

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 Naga girl Neichutuonuo Yhome cleans beans and radish plucked from her garden in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)
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Naga girl Neichutuonuo Yhome cleans beans and radish plucked from her garden in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)

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 Neichutuonuo Yhome, a young Naga girl, holds a stick with a worm she removed from a corn plant in the garden she started with her younger sisters in the early stages of the coronavirus lockdown, in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)
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Neichutuonuo Yhome, a young Naga girl, holds a stick with a worm she removed from a corn plant in the garden she started with her younger sisters in the early stages of the coronavirus lockdown, in Kohima, Nagaland. (Image: AP)

  • First Published: July 2, 2020, 9:36 am

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