Rice Seedlings Transplantation.

Continuing from where I left off about my friend in the hinterland farming for rice, here is how he transplants seedlings now.

My friend Babu has sent the image to assuage the concerns that Tammy had expressed in her comments on the previous post.

Despite having received some negative reactions about women workforce harvesting rice in my previous post, before this machine came around, this is how rice seedlings were transplanted.

While I will be addressing the concerns about women workforce in my response to comments in my previous post, I can assure my readers that it is now increasingly difficult to get agricultural labour for intense operations like these as more lucrative opportunities are available for them in other non agriculture and urban/semi-urban sectors here.

Labour intensive operations were necessary when machines were not available and now that they are, manual labour is increasingly getting replaced by mechanical operations.

Part of the process of ‘development’ I guess.

The purpose of my writing about these matters is not to highlight the changes that are taking place, but to record my respect and admiration for my friend who has remained steadfast in being a farmer when he could have easily found other alternatives.  People like him are the salt of this earth and deserve appreciation from all quarters.

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7 Responses to Rice Seedlings Transplantation.

  1. tammy j says:

    “People like him are the salt of this earth and deserve appreciation from all quarters.”
    I TOTALLY agree rummy.
    thank Babu for me for feeding humanity. for that is exactly what farmers do.
    regardless of their country or their crops. if not for them we couldn’t live.
    and thank him for being concerned about my own concern of the labor!
    I feel better having seen that amazing machine! 🙂
    tammy j recently posted..moving on old bean

    • I shall indeed convey your thanks to Babu. He and I are planning on some more blog posts on the modernisation of the agricultural work. I have been out of touch for decades being involved in urban based activities and it is nice to learn that a lot has changed since my regular visits to rural India stopped.

  2. I agree, good for him and good for better opportunities for farm workers!
    Cheerful Monk recently posted..How Times Have Changed

  3. Big John says:

    “salt of this earth” indeed. Very interesting. I’ll always finish my rice pudding in future. 😉

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