Portfolio: Fields of Gold

Sown in the cold of winter, the golden wheat is ready to be reaped, threshed and winnowed.


Malik Shafiq May 12, 2013
Once the crop is ready the wheat is bundled up and thrown into the combined thresher.

They sometimes lose their limbs while separating the wheat from the chaff.

But for the farmers who work these fields of gold, if the harvest is good, they can make up to 2,400kg a season. This year, Pakistan, the eighth largest wheat-producing nation in the world, will produce over 24 million tonnes. Around 70 per cent of it will come from the Punjab. Photographer Malik Shafiq visited the towns of Jallo Mor, Atari and Lakhodehar near the Wagah border in Lahore, to document the wheat harvest season. Sown in the cold of winter, the golden wheat was ready to be reaped, threshed and winnowed.

Published in The Express Tribune, Sunday Magazine, May 12th, 2013.

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