The residents of Fazel Abad village in Azadshahr, Golestan province, are harvesting echium from their 60-hectare lands, which had been left unused until a few years ago before the cultivation of this medicinal plant.

In addition to improving the households’ economic situation (bringing more than $11,500 per hectare in revenues), the echium harvest has brought happiness, cooperation and empathy among the family members.

What follows are IRNA’s photos of echium harvest in the northern Iranian village:

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