In Pictures: Kashmir’s Paddy Harvesting

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By Bilal Bahadur

Srinagar: Rice cultivation is an integral component of rich cultural heritage in Kashmir valley. The crop is grown on 100% irrigated ecology and melting snow is the source of irrigation. The crop is grown in all districts of the valley.

Being a staple food of the valley, it is a primary source of calories in people’s diet compared to wheat and maize. The Autumn season marks the paddy harvesting period in Kashmir, and around thousands of tonnes of rice are produced annually in the region. This crop has the distinction of being the most extensively cultivated in Jammu and Kashmir State. Rice has an extensive range of cultivation and can be grown in the warm months of summer.

In the higher altitudes of moun­tains, where the temperatures are generally mild even during the summer season, the growing period is more prolonged and the ripening and harvest­ing get delayed. The soils on which rice can be grown are so varied that it can be said that there is hardly any type of soil in which it cannot be grown.

A group of Kashmiri women while harvesting a paddy crop in the outskirts of Srinagar, on October 3, 2018.

 

A group of women while harvesting a paddy crop in the outskirts of Srinagar, on October 3, 2018.

A local family while harvesting a paddy crop in Srinagar outskirts on October 3, 2018.

 

A group of non-local labours while thrashing a paddy crop in Mirgund area of Central Kashmir on October 3, 2018.

A group of  Kashmiri women while thrashing an annual paddy crop in Mirgund area of Central Kashmir on October 3, 2018.

Kashmiri women while clearing the grass straw on the paddy crop in central Kashmir.

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