I know that according to standard grammar rules in sentences with expressions of frequency such as ‘on a regular basis‘ we are recommended to opt for The Present Simple tense, but the below sentence from an exercise grammar book looks a bit puzzling for me as it, in my view, holds the idea of temporality in itself, I might be wrong though.
- This involves not only planting new kinds of crops, but also strange ways of making money, the most unusual of which has got to be sheep racing. Yes, you heard me correctly! A farmer in the west of England is now holding/ OR holds sheep races on a regular basis an during the past years 100,000 people have turned up to watch the proceedings.
My question is whether both options fit the context.
Thanks in advance.