Nepalese farmers plant rice in a paddy field at the beginning of the monsoon season in Khokana, Nepal, 24 June 2020 (issued 25 June 2020).
According to farmers, the beginning of 2020’s monsoon has brought a good amount of rain, so they have almost completed the planting of rice, whereas in previous years they could only plant rice in July.
The annual monsoon season in Nepal normally begins in mid-June, lasting until the end of August or early September.
Sixty per cent of Nepal’s agriculture industry relies on monsoon rain, while 40 per cent is carried out through irrigation. Agriculture is a major contributor to the country’s GDP.
A visual story by EFE/EPA’s photographer NARENDRA SHRESTHA