Farmers in Nepal have celebrated the country’s national Paddy Day to mark the start of rice-planting season. Despite some coronavirus social distancing rules still being in place, locals took part in traditional farming songs, dancing and mud slinging to mark “an important day for us” as they planted seedlings for new crops.
People across the country celebrate on the the 15th day of the Nepali month of Asar each year. A staple food, rice accounts for almost half of cereal production in Nepal with the country producing over five million tonnes of paddy last year.
This year, lockdown measures have disrupted farm supplies, creating shortages of seeds and fertilisers, with some worried it might impact crop production.