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A day's labor on a Hungarian farm

The EPA today published a photo feature by Attila Balazs, who spent a day with a group of seasonal workers on a farm in eastern Hungary. According to Balazs, the laborers are poorly paid and seldom know what they will work on from day to day. During the summer harvest, their working day begins at 6 am and ends at 2 pm, avoiding the worst of the afternoon heat.

Attila Balazs / EPA

Day-workers gather at dawn in their home village of Tiszavasvari, some 200 km east of Budapest, Hungary, on August 22.

Attila Balazs / EPA

Seasonal day-workers ride the bus to their place of work at dawn. In season, some 15-20 workers are taken by bus to a 150 hectare fruit-farm in Tiszadob, about 18 km to the north, for agricultural work.

Attila Balazs / EPA

A worker shakes ripe fruit from a tree in a peach orchard.

Attila Balazs / EPA

Collecting peaches.

Attila Balazs / EPA

Shift manager Jozsef Vadasz, center, has dinner with his family at his home in Tiszavasvari after the day's work is finished.