There is a 1000+ year tradition of growing rice in the region around our Village.
We live on the vast Korat Plateau...a fryingpan-flat area at about 170metres above sea-level...and we share this space with more than 10million other Thais who are also mostly employed in subsistence farming of premium Hom Mali [Smells sweet like the Jasmine Flower] rice.
There is no irrigation here...we depend entirely upon The Monsoon natural phenomenon for timely and sufficient rainfall. Rice is usually grown around June, and harvested around November each year.
Only 30 years ago Water Buffalo were used to pull the plough and the cart, as had been the custom in the era of the Khmer Kingdom of 1000 years ago, and the rice was hand cut, threshed and winnowed by co-operative teams of Villagers.
Now there is some mechanisation...we have a small 4WD diesel tractor and a small rice harvester that is diesel powered and runs on rubber tracks.
In this image you can see Na's nephew driving our Rice Harvester, and Na's brother operating the two-bay bagger from a platform on the side of the travelling "factory".
I'll spend this week describing the harvest, and I hope you find it informative and interesting.
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