Paddy Cultivation in Full Swing in Kashmir Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

India | Associated Press | June 2, 2020, 7:22 pm
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 Despite restrictions and the absence of non-local workers, Kashmir's paddy transplantation season is going on full swing as locals are ensuring that the lands of their ancestors do not go barren because of the threat posed by the global pandemic. (Image: AP)
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Despite restrictions and the absence of non-local workers, Kashmir's paddy transplantation season is going on full swing as locals are ensuring that the lands of their ancestors do not go barren because of the threat posed by the global pandemic. (Image: AP)

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 For over two decades, most of the agricultural processes involved in the paddy cultivation in Kashmir have remained dependent on non-local labourers. (Image: AP)
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For over two decades, most of the agricultural processes involved in the paddy cultivation in Kashmir have remained dependent on non-local labourers. (Image: AP)

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 Since there are hardly any such labourers available in Kashmir during this year's paddy transplantation season, local farmers have taken up the challenge in their right earnest. (Image: AP)
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Since there are hardly any such labourers available in Kashmir during this year's paddy transplantation season, local farmers have taken up the challenge in their right earnest. (Image: AP)

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 Kashmiri women farmers plant rice saplings in a paddy field, on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Image: AP)
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Kashmiri women farmers plant rice saplings in a paddy field, on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Image: AP)

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 A Kashmiri farmer prepares a paddy field before planting rice saplings on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Image: AP)
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A Kashmiri farmer prepares a paddy field before planting rice saplings on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Image: AP)

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 Hands of Kashmiri farmer are covered with mud as he watches his family members work in a paddy field on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Image: AP)
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Hands of Kashmiri farmer are covered with mud as he watches his family members work in a paddy field on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Image: AP)

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 Bilal Ahmed, a Kashmiri farmer works in a paddy field before planting rice saplings on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Image: AP)
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Bilal Ahmed, a Kashmiri farmer works in a paddy field before planting rice saplings on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Image: AP)

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 Abdul Aziz, a Kashmiri farmer carries rice saplings for replanting in a paddy field on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Image: AP)
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Abdul Aziz, a Kashmiri farmer carries rice saplings for replanting in a paddy field on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Image: AP)

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 Wali Mohammad, a Kashmiri farmer eats lunch as he takes a break while working in a paddy field on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Image: AP)
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Wali Mohammad, a Kashmiri farmer eats lunch as he takes a break while working in a paddy field on the outskirts of Srinagar. (Image: AP)

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