Nepal’s National Paddy Day – in pictures

Nepal celebrated National Paddy Day on 29 June. On this day, known as Asar Pandhra, 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. Sixty per cent of Nepal’s agriculture industry relies on monsoon rain, while 40% is carried out through irrigation. Agriculture is a major contributor to the country’s GDP


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