RICE HARVESTING, MARCH 2012, IN THE PHILIPPINES
Rice is a mainstay of the Philippine diet. Much of the country's arable
and irrigable land is devoted to the cultivation of rice. Harvesting is
final stage in a six-month, twice a year process that includes seeding,
replanting seedlings, irrigation, drainage and finally maturation of
Photo 1: Junalyn Barimbao Duveen stands in front of the rice field that
has just been harvested. Note the bale of rice plants to the right.
gathered and left in the field. Another worker will transport the bale
to a pile for processing in a thresher.
Photo 2: The thresher is a portable gasoline-driven machine that makes
the rounds among the many small farms that produce rice and harvest it
same time of year. Much of the same crew will be employed to harvest
the rice of surrounding farms.
Photo 3: The bales are dumped into the hopper. A man makes sure the
bale's contents are distributed properly to prevent clogging of the
Photo 4: As the unmilled rice leaves the thresher, it is gathered in a
bucket and then dumped in the bags. The bags are sewn shut, and
transported (a man carries a single bag on his head) for pickup.
Photo 5: About 60 bags constitutes the harvest of a small (0.9 hectare)
farm. The maximum yield is about 70 bags, with the difference resulting
weather conditions or problems with field cultivation.
Photo 6: One of the farm's partners, Peter Duveen, poses with local
children during the harvest.
Photo 7: When the harvest of a small farm is completed, the thresher is
moved by caribao power. The caribao is also used extensively in rice
throughout the Philippines, in place of tractors used in other
countries. The animals are treated like a member of the family.
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