"See the rice terraces" Province of Kalinga-Apayao Things to Do Tip by GenuinelyCurious
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The single major rice crop provides the bulk of the food calories for a year. Each family stuffs their granaries, and then converts the rice field to a vegetable crop. This lady has black beans and corn working. She hand-weeds the garden, not only to provide the vegetables with nutrients, but to reduce the insect infestation, commercial pesticides being too expensive. I told her, and others, that this organic method fetches higher profits on the external market, but she told me that they barely grow enough to eat – there’s nothing left to export.
The plant-leaf covering on her back is a protection against both sun and rain. When I asked where her kids were, she said “school” – she wants them to find jobs that earn money so they don’t have to farm. Her husband was cleaning out another rice field post-harvest.
This manual labor extends to threshing, winnowing and drying of the crop. (see video) for the ancient mortar and pestle methods to separate grain from chaff and for sun-drying techniques. The terraces (see pic) are a picturesque display of the fields in their early green/ ripening gold glory. (see pic)
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