Rice Harvesting in Isaan

In the last month everyone will have seen Thai villagers out in the fields harvesting the rice crop. Almost everything is still done by hand, except the final milling stage, where the husks are removed from the grains.

Rice cutting in Isaan

Family and local villagers form teams to cut the rice.

rice harvest in Isaan

It's hard work in the blazing sun!

rice harvest

The cuttings are collected and taken to the farm, and unloaded onto plastic sheets.

rice harvest in Isaan

The cut stems are threshed, often by hand, to remove the grains.

The grains are placed into bags prior to being sent to the local mill. The mill will usually take one bag out of every six as payment.

On small farms the rice is seldom sold. Bags are given to the workers who helped with the crop, and the rest is divided up amongst the family.

posted on: 02.12.2013 - last update on: 27.10.2014

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