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Rose farmers walk through the rose fields, Kelaat M'Gouna, Southern Morocco.

Rose farmers walk through the paths leading through the rose fields in Kelaat M'Gouna, Dades Valley - known as the ‘valley of roses’ - Southern Morocco, 2016-05-14.

When the roses begin to bloom and the picking season begins, people from all around the region secure work harvesting the flowers in the fields. Pickers who do not own their own land and need work during the harvesting season can expect to be paid 13-15dh for each kilo of roses and it is possible to earn 100dh in a day, if few breaks are taken.

The picking season lasts for around 3 weeks and while the roses are in full bloom the entire valley of Kelaat Mgouna quite literally ‘smells of roses.’ Stepping down into the rose valley, only a short walk from the main roadside, feels like a different world to the nearby festival celebrations in the town centre. No noise or pollution from traffic, only birdsong and a gentle calmness in the air as the day breaks and the locals peacefully go about their work.

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Kelaat M'Gouna rose harvest
Rose farmers walk through the paths leading through the rose fields in Kelaat M'Gouna, Dades Valley - known as the ‘valley of roses’ - Southern Morocco, 2016-05-14.<br />
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When the roses begin to bloom and the picking season begins, people from all around the region secure work harvesting the flowers in the fields. Pickers who do not own their own land and need work during the harvesting season can expect to be paid 13-15dh for each kilo of roses and it is possible to earn 100dh in a day, if few breaks are taken. <br />
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The picking season lasts for around 3 weeks and while the roses are in full bloom the entire valley of Kelaat Mgouna quite literally ‘smells of roses.’ Stepping down into the rose valley, only a short walk from the main roadside, feels like a different world to the nearby festival celebrations in the town centre. No noise or pollution from traffic, only birdsong and a gentle calmness in the air as the day breaks and the locals peacefully go about their work.